Why these Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants will close for a ‘brain break’ in July 2022

July is often one of the slowest months of the year for restaurants in Dallas. it’s hot. Customers travel. And some North Texas restaurateurs are embracing the scorching days of summer by closing for a week or more around July 4.

“It’s time to take a break and walk away,” says Jennifer Uygur, co-owner of Italian restaurant Oak Cliff. Lucy with her husband, chef David Uygur.

Take a break at Urbano Cafe July 2-7, 2022, because they’re taking one too.(Tom Fox / personal photographer)

His motivation has less to do with slow sales, which doesn’t really happen in a tiny, nine-table restaurant that’s still considered one of Dallas’ best. It’s more about resting, says Uygur. Their 18 employees are among thousands of North Texas restaurant workers who have been on the front lines of the pandemic for more than two years.

“It’s good for everyone to take a brain break,” Uygur says.

Lucia will be closed July 10-19 and its full-time employees will be paid for their time off.

Uyghurs are planning to take their first plane trip since January 2020 – and they are counting the days.

Urban Cafe in East Dallas is another restaurant that holds annual “summer vacations” for its employees. In 2022, owners Kristen and Mitch Kauffman are closing the restaurant from July 2-7 and reopening for dinner on July 8.

To the French room and the bar of the French room Inside the historic Adolphus Hotel, staff members are on leave from June 27 to July 5, 2022. They do so twice a year: for a week in the summer and for a week after the holidays.

The French Room at the Adolphus Hotel has not opened full dinner service since...
The French Room at the Adolphus Hotel hasn’t opened for full dinner service since the pandemic hit, but it does do afternoon tea. They are taking a break from serving tea until July 5, 2022.(Steven Visneau)

“It’s a full-time profession for most of our team, and we stay so busy throughout the year that it can be difficult to find time for an extended vacation,” one executive wrote. company in a press release. “Taking a week off twice a year allows us to break up together and gives everyone the opportunity to travel, visit family and enjoy life.”

It also allows time to update the historic building in downtown Dallas, which is 110 years old.

Lone Star Donuts in Oak Cliff is taking a different approach, closing for the entire month of July to “retool” its business. It’s not so much a “puzzle”; it’s a reset for a 72 year old company.

The Swiss pastry is taking its break this year from July 3-11, 2022. The bakery closed the week of July 4 “as far back as I can remember,” says chef and owner Hans Peter Muller. His father opened the shop in June 1973, and it’s one of the oldest restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth.

“Everyone has the same week off and we’re not short-staffed all summer because people take individual vacations,” Muller said via email. Employees of the company for a year or more are paid for their free time.

Of course, many restaurant owners and employees feel they can’t afford to close, especially as the cost of food rises. Barbecue joints and bars, in particular, are likely hoping for strong sales in early July to offset the prolonged hangover from weak sales during the pandemic.

The July 4 weekend “can be an incredibly busy and lucrative time for liquor retailers,” TABC Chief Enforcement Officer Brandy Norris said in a statement. They encourage bars and retailers to be careful not to overserve intoxicated customers.

Before going to a restaurant in North Texas in July 2022 —

Hours and dates for some restaurants will change in July 2022. While some restaurants are taking a big break, others are taking a different approach: Come in, they say! Many offer 4th of July promotions designed to entice customers.

Still others will close on July 4th only.

So here’s a suggestion: if you’re heading to a restaurant in the next week or two in Dallas-Fort Worth, call ahead or check social media first.

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