Popolos in Dallas to Close: Teresa Gubbins Knows an Employee

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Gumshoes are not for sissies.

Veteran reporter, Teresa Gubbins over at PegNews, says that Popolos will close on Saturday. Gubbins’ long experience in food journalism pays off once again. Way to go, Ace. Now I’m curious. Why would a landlord raise the rent on an established restaurant and risk losing a paying customer? Did said landlord get a better offer? Was Popolos paying their rent? If Popolos can’t pay the rent in Preston Royal, how can a 26-seat fried chicken restaurant that opened a week ago across the street make money? Details on my experience at The Chicken Coop are in the works.

24 comments on “Popolos in Dallas to Close: Teresa Gubbins Knows an Employee

  1. Tragic. My husband and I met there on a blind date 10 years ago and have returned many times since. Very sorry to hear about this – sorrier still because I have a gift card for Popolos that will be impossible to use before Saturday. Ay ideas?

  2. Raising rent and forcing a business out works well, just talk to the group that closed Chips on Cole.

  3. I go way, way back with Javier the waiter, we worked together at Lincoln City Club. He’s great, and many of my friends used to request him as well.

    I loved this spot and lately had been dining there about once per month. They had a really friendly staff.

  4. Nichols flying off into bizarro world again with her usual illegible lyrics and lame attempt to impune a fellow jouranlist. When will this old hag learn? When will D wise up and put the nag to pasture?

  5. Off topic, but is it me or are there less Sidedish blog offerings than there used to be?

    Budget cuts? Or has the writer(s) eaten everywhere now?

    Back to the regularly scheduled programming.

  6. to Girl With A Net: Teresa Gubbins here, and I don’t feel impugned by Nancy’s posting at all. I feel 1. grateful that someone notices when I’ve written a story; 2. appreciative that Nancy can spot a news item and respond to it as quickly as she does; and 3. thrilled when people call me Ace.

    Nancy’s ideas for SideDish remain endlessly creative, I’m looking forward to seeing the work she did with the guy from Full Custom Gospel BBQ.

    she launched the SideDish Supper club and not long after that, I noticed that KRLD launched a supper-club concept as well.

    she also sets the pace for Eats over at Belo, where they clearly use her as a filter for important food news.

    Appreciate your blog item, Nancy!

  7. @Girl With A Net: Don’t mess with Nancy and TG. They’re hardworking professionals who just showed a heck of a lot of class in their most recent comments. Now, go sit in the corner.

  8. No, Natalie, I’m just a foodie, hopefully, like you, that noticed a comment about Popolo’s on “eats” last night.

  9. Hey D Girl — I’ll bet that the Popolos owner will honor your gift card at his other restaurant if you ask real nicely. I believe its called Preston’s, which recently replace Park Cities Prime.

  10. a real loss for the neighborhood. isn’t that where norah jones got her professional start? id always heard that.

    “Why would a landlord raise the rent on an established restaurant and risk losing a paying customer? Did said landlord get a better offer? Was Popolos paying their rent? If Popolos can’t pay the rent in Preston Royal, how can a 26-seat fried chicken restaurant that opened a week ago across the street make money?”

    welcome to retail leasing on Preston Road. You have no idea the battles we all have with landlords who raise rent on long term tenants while they have multiple vacancies (and obvious future vacanicies) in their centers

  11. I was a waiter and a manager at Popolos. I think Los Akin’s voice is still ringing in my ears. Yes, the neighborhood will miss Popolos, but it has for some time now.

  12. Bet Neighborhood Services and deep pockets got a really good deal on the Popolos space and are foregoing the old Baby Gap spot across the street…much better patio area and less start up…just sayin’

  13. Norah Jones did indeed get her start at Popolo’s. A lot of the old crowd are anxious for Neighborhood Services to roll in and make that their new home. Should be soon.

    I have already heard the rumors of others wanting the spot.

  14. Hey Natalie and educated source – this was not a secret about it’s impending demise. I heard about it over a month ago by eating at the bar and sitting by one of the regulars. This older man was not exactly complimentary to the owners about how they were running the place, but he still came in to eat almost every night. TG could have found this out the same way, or from someone else who dined there.

    I think saying that it’s just due to the rent increase might be a bit disingenuous, they had a huge room in the back that was going largely unused. Excess capacity that they had to pay rent, electric, have it cleaned, etc.. Right now the restaurants that are doing the best are the ones maximizing their capacity, either through catering, on-site corporate events, commissaring (I know this is not a word) their kitchens to other projects, etc.

  15. Funny thing…when I told my husband that Popolo’s was closing, he was really upset. We live about two blocks away…BUT we NEVER went there…okay, maybe twice a year. When I pointed that out to him, he said, “Yeah, but I really liked the IDEA of Popolo’s being there.”

    Point being, it is the closest restaurant to our house, but we drive right past it to other places. It just wasn’t that great. I am thrilled to hear NS will be the one replacing it. I guarantee we will be there many times a month.