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Why is your favorite Dallas restaurant still closed? An update on 5 popular spotsWhy is your favorite Dallas restaurant still closed? An update on 5 popular spots

At this point in the pandemic, diners might assume that if their favorite restaurant hasn’t yet reopened in Dallas-Fort Worth, it’s never coming back. But at least five restaurant owners are playing the long game, promising they will return with renovated dining rooms, new menus and a fresh outlook after a tough year.

The scenario isn’t ideal, says Nafees Alam, CEO and co-founder of DRG Concepts, which operates Dallas Chop House, Wild Salsa, Wicked Butcher and others. By keeping some of his restaurant closed, “you lose your employee pool,” he says. “And you get disheartened.”

But his downtown Dallas

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3 Dallas restaurants that survived the heat of the pandemic, then still closed3 Dallas restaurants that survived the heat of the pandemic, then still closed

It’s been well over a year since the coronavirus pandemic decimated the restaurant industry. About 9,000 restaurants closed in Texas, says Emily Williams Knight, CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association. But the worst is behind us, right?

That depends. Some restaurateurs who suffered through the pandemic are just now realizing that their businesses can’t endure.

“It just feels cruel at this point, for these restaurant owners,” Knight says.

In one year, March 2020 to March 2021, about 18% of Dallas-area restaurants failed. Better times are likely ahead, and new restaurant permit requests are beginning to accelerate across the

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