Restaurants / Closings

Iconic Dallas Bistro With a Famous Burger is Shuttering

The Grape Takes its Final Bows and Lower Greenville Won't be the Same

BY // 09.10.19

Another iconic Lower Greenville restaurant is saying goodbye. The owners of The Grape, an American bistro that’s been at 2808 Greenville Avenue since 1972, have revealed that they are closing the doors on October 10.

Originally founded by Kathy McDaniel and Charlotte Parker in 1972, the Dallas restaurant was taken over by Brian and Courtney Luscher in 2007. The Grape was known for having one of the best burgers in Dallas. It’s burger was even named the state’s best by Texas Monthly almost 10 years ago.

“As I look towards future endeavors, I am so fortunate to look back on the the fantastic journey that The Grape has taken me on over the past 15 or so years,” chef Brian Luscher says. “It was always a kitchen that felt like home to me. And as far as the restaurant goes, well, they just don’t make joints like that anymore. I’ll miss the ol’ gal.

“We came to the crossroads of our lease renewal and after all of these years, we decided as a family that we are heading out on a different path and yet another amazing Luscher family adventure.”

The Grape stopped serving its classic Sunday brunch earlier this year. That brunch had been around for 11 years and was one of the only times (besides Sunday and Monday night) you could order the iconic burger with bacon, peppered tomatoes, horseradish pickles, Dijonnaise and white cheddar on a pain au lait roll.

So why did Luscher get rid of it? Times changed, the brunch industry changed, the diner changed, as detailed in a Dallas Observer piece from February.

I have only been to The Grape once for brunch, and it did indeed have one of the best burgers I’ve ever eaten. I’ve spent time thinking about that burger and the lovely little restaurant that I enjoyed it in several years ago, yet I never returned for some reason.

The Luschers invite diners to come in one last time to “hoist one more toast and a hurrah with the whole crew.” I will be sure to make one last trip before The Grape closes for good.

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