Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Oak Lawn's Good Eats pushed out of Turtle Creek Village

Good Eats' 22-year run serving Oak Lawn and the surrounding community has come to an end.

Consolidated Restaurant Operations is closing down the restaurant in Turtle Creek Village July 17.

“We’re disappointed to close the doors at Good Eats,” CEO John Harkey said in a released statement. “But, our landlord has refused to renew our lease.”

The restaurant has generated more than $35 million in sales and created hundreds of jobs since opening, according to Harkey. But Lincoln Property Co., which owns the shopping center, is redeveloping the property and plans to use the space occupied by Good Eats for retail.

Since CRO also operates Lucky’s on Oak Lawn near Lemmon, the company plans to add Good Eats’ best-selling dishes to Lucky’s menu. Good Eats catering will still continue to operate, and frequent diner cards will be accepted at Lucky’s.

Good Eats management and staff will be transferred to one of CRO’s other brands, which include Cantina Laredo, El Chico, III Forks, Cool River and Silver Fox.

Although the restaurant will shut down, CRO is working to make that a temporary situation. It’s currently seeking other Oak Lawn areas where Good Eats could thrive. But Harkey said the challenge is finding an area in the popular neighborhood that has convenient parking. Good Eats also has a location in Houston.

CRO operates 114 restaurants in the U.S., United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Danielle Abril- Dallas Business Journal