The Tried and True on Henderson in Dallas is Closed

Game Off: Nick Badovinus will take his whiskey, bingo games, and motorcycles home.
Game Off: Nick Badovinus will take his whiskey, bingo games, and motorcycles home.

The Tried and True, the burger, beer, and whiskey restaurant/bar operated by Nick “Neighborhood Services”  Badovinus has served its last Old Rip Van Winkle neat. “We closed on Sunday night,” Badovinus says. “This place is just not us.”

Badovinus debated closing when the lease came up for renewal last year, but he decided to give the space another year. Today, he didn’t renew the lease and closed early. “It’s not Henderson, it’s us,” Badovinus says. “If we had a better mousetrap it would do fine. This area has ton of momentum we wouldn’t have done the extra year deal if we didn’t believe in this area.”

Badovinus will not open another concept in the space. He’s focused on “opening three doors.” That would be the new Off-Site Kitchen in Trinity Groves (Spring) and Neighborhood Services in Addison (April-May) and….Well, he’s not saying.

8 comments on “The Tried and True on Henderson in Dallas is Closed

  1. I’m surprised he didn’t close it a year ago. That part of Henderson is a death sentence for real restaurants. Only the “see and be seen” bars prosper on that part of Henderson.

  2. Loved both NHS Tavern and Tried & True. Very bummed that there will be no Badovinus establishment within 5 minutes drive of my neighborhood.

    Tried & True was great but was never as packed as NHS Tavern was, so I feared that this day was imminent. Perhaps they should try Lowest Greenville or Lakewood for a new concept and a scene that is more “us”? (That would be welcome news.)

  3. “Badovinus debated closing when the lease came up for renewal last year, but he decided to give the space another year”
    I’m just wondering, what commercial landlord gives a one year lease extension, ???

  4. This place was great when it was Neighborhood Services Tavern. The weird honky-tonk vibe that he reconcepted to never sat well with me. Always felt forced and bizarre.