Jade Garden, which has been a staple on Bryan Street in East Dallas for 34 years, shuttered on Friday.
The Chinese restaurant first opened in 1982 in an old Dairy Queen across the way from Jimmy’s Food Store, which opened in 1966. It was a family owned a operated business, run by Ann Lee.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Perry Guest Company recently bought the property, including next-door Mai’s, out of foreclosure. They have plans to redevelop the property, and Jade Garden got the axe — although there are differing stories about how that happened.
Lee told the DMN that Perry Guest simply doesn’t want the restaurant to stay. “We tried,” she says.
But Neal Morris of Perry Guest told the DMN that Jade Garden’s lease ended in November, and Perry Guest kept the restaurant on month-to-month to give Lee time to find a new home, which she failed to do.
“We talked to them about market rents, and the economics just didn’t work,” Morris told the DMN. “This is the worst part about redeveloping any property.”
Click to sign up for the Advocate's weekly news digest and be the first to know what’s happening in Lakewood/East Dallas.