To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, dine-in service at restaurants is prohibited. Eateries can stay open for drive-thru, delivery or takeout, but for many restaurateurs, the safest and most economical choice is to close the doors.

These East Dallas restaurants have decided to temporarily close:

  • TRUCK YARD temporarily closed and is no longer serving cheesesteaks for pickup or delivery. Truck Yard has partnered with T-shirt company, Bullzerk, on a special shirt to support staff members. The shirt says, “Support our local service workers or you’ll have to get a real therapist.” It’s available for $23 on the Bullzerk website with all proceeds going to Truck Yard Dallas staff.
  • TACOS MARIACHI owner Jesus Carmona announced on Facebook that he was closing the restaurants two locations, one of which was on Greenville Avenue. A GoFundMe was created to support the staff. “We appreciate the support given to us by our amazing guests,” he said. “Please take care & stay healthy. We hope to serve you all again soon.”
  • 20 FEET SEAFOOD JOINT owners Sue and Marc Cassel said on Facebook that they would temporarily close. They don’t know when the restaurant will reopen. “To our knowledge none of our staff is infected, but we would hate to be an unintentional vector for this thing,” Marc Cassel said in the post. “Everyone’s extremely generous support has been overwhelming, but in return for that kindness, we don’t want to harm anyone. Please be HUNGRY when we unlock our doors!”
  • KHAO NOODLE SHOP owner Donny Sirisavath said he decided to temporarily close to protect the health of his workers and give them time to apply for unemployment so they’d have enough income to survive. The pop-up Khao Mart will still be open for business to deliver pre-packaged goods to help pay for rent at 4812 Bryan St. in East Dallas.
  • FIRST WATCH closed the majority of its restaurants April 13 to protect the health and safety of its employees, according to a letter on its website. “We will continue to monitor state and local recommendations and look forward to inviting everyone back into our restaurants soon,” the letter states. The First Watch in our neighborhood opened in August at the corner of Mockingbird and Abrams.
  • SLATER’S 50/50 on Lower Greenville is temporarily closed, but the eatery is working on new “Slaterized burgers,” according to its website.
  • LA POPULAR TAMALE HOUSE is closing its doors for now after opening in East Dallas 35 years ago. Owner Jesse Moreno said Monday on Facebook that the Bryan Street eatery would remain open this week from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Sunday to fulfill pre-orders. Staff will also lead a virtual tamale making class Thursday before the restaurant closes indefinitely. It’s not too late to make one last order. Call 214-824-7617. Moreno created a GoFund Me for anyone who would like to financially support the staff until the restaurant can reopen. 

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