Restaurants were not immune to the effects of the pandemic. Many had to close, cut back hours, reduce offerings.

But as time passed, many entrepreneurs just went for it. They found a space, hired a staff, developed a menu and opened their doors.

So while we had to say goodbye to some neighborhood spots this year, we also got to say hello to some new ones.

Here’s a list of a few restaurants that opened or closed this year.

Lakewood Smokehouse

Lakewood Smokehouse. Photography by Kathy Tran.

Location: Lakewood Shopping Center
Closed: July

Snowbaby

Photography by Jessica Turner.

Location: Lakewood Shopping Center
Closed: November

Two Doors Down

Photo courtesy of Urbano Cafe.

Location: Two doors down from Urbano Cafe in Old East Dallas
Opened: December

Cry Wolf 

Cry Wolf. Photo courtesy of Jeff Fairey via Facebook.

Location: 4422 Gaston Ave.
Opened: November

La Mina

Location: The Village
Opened: November

Crisp & Green

Photo courtesy of Crisp & Green via Instagram.

Location: Mockingbird Commons
Opened: November

Hawkers Asian Street Food

Roti canai. Photo courtesy of Hawkers Asian Street Food.

Location: Deep Ellum
Opened: November

Anise

Photo courtesy of Anise.

Location: The Village
Opened: October

Manpuku and The Niku Bar

Photo courtesy of The Niku Par at Manpuku.

Location: Lowest Greenville
Opened: June and October

LDU 

Photo by Kathy Tran.

Location: 9005 Garland Road
Opened: September

Baldo’s Ice Cream

Photo courtesy of Baldo’s via Instagram.

Location: Casa Linda Plaza
Opened: September

Fajita Pete’s

Fajita Pete’s.

Location: Lakewood Shopping Center
Opened: September

Trinity Hall Irish Pub

Photo courtesy of Trinity Hall via Facebook.

Location: Mockingbird Station
Closed: August

Zoës Kitchen

Location: Abrams Parkway
Closed: June

Cava

Photo courtesy of Cava via Instagram.

Location: Abrams Parkway in Lakewood
Opened: August

Trompo

Location: 4201 Gaston Ave.
Opened: August

Roots Market & Juicery

Roots Market & Juicery. Photo by Renee Umsted.

Location: 4164 N. Central Expressway
Opened: August

Caribbean’s Shark 

Mayra Orozco and Sixto Alvarado, the co-owners of Caribbean’s Shark. Photo courtesy of Caribbean Shark.

Location: 4814 Greenville Ave.
Opened: March

Cow Tipping Creamery

Photo courtesy of Cow Tipping Creamery.

Location: 7328 Gaston Ave. near White Rock Lake
Opened: August

Thunderbird Pies

A glance at one of Thunderbird Pies’ Detroit-style offerings. Photo courtesy of Thunderbird Pies

Location: 7328 Gaston Ave. near White Rock Lake
Opened: August

Carte Blanche

Carte Blanche. Photo by Renee Umsted.

Location: Lowest Greenville
Opened: June

Loro

Aaron Franklin, left, and Tyson Cole, right. Photo courtesy of Loro via Instagram.

Location: 1812 N. Haskell Ave.
Opened: July

Rye

Blue cheesecake at Rye. Photo courtesy of Rye via Facebook.

Location: Lowest Greenville
Opened: August

Apothecary

Photo by Samantha Marie via Apothecary on Instagram.

Location: Lowest Greenville
Opened: July

Feng Cha

Photo courtesy of Feng Cha via Facebook.

Location: Lowest Greenville
Opened: August

Tiff’s Treats

Tiff’s Treats is opening Aug. 28 at Casa Linda Plaza. Photo by Renee Umsted.

Location: Casa Linda Plaza
Opened: August

Harper’s

Photo courtesy of Harper’s.

Location: Deep Ellum
Opened: August

Joe Leo Fine Tex Mex

Location: 2722 N. Fitzhugh Ave.
Opened: May

Saint Taco 

Location: 5323 Greenville Ave.
Opened: April

Yogi’s Sushi & Sports 

Yogi’s Sushi & Sports is opening in the Casa Linda Plaza. Photography by Jaime Dunaway-Seale.

Location: Casa Linda Plaza
Opened: June

Hawaiian Bros Island Grill 

Location: 6011 Greenville Ave.
Opened: November


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