Restaurants / Closings

One of Dallas’ Most Inventive Restaurants is Shuttering for Good

Chef Marriage Signals the End and a New Beginning

BY // 08.02.17
photography Courtesy of Joyce & Gigi's

Unique South American restaurant Joyce & Gigi’s Kitchen revealed that it will shut its doors for good at the end of this month. The mother-and-daughter owned restaurant opened in East Dallas in 2012 and has been praised for its inventive cuisine.

Chef/owner Gigliola Zimmerman (a.k.a. Gigi) broke the news of the restaurant’s closing in a statement that reads:


Dallas Diners,

I would like to announce that we (Joyce & Gigi’s Kitchen) will be closing our doors the last week of August 2017. It’s been a pleasure to serve our community and the people who found our cuisine interesting and unique for these last five years, however, we believe it’s time to complete this chapter of our lives and begin a new one. We are moving forward to focus on new priorities with our new family.

We are proud to say we have completed our goal, and we are incredibly grateful to have worked with inspiring people and served some of the most genuine and amazing people Dallas has to offer, many of whom we now call dear friends. These people will always be special to us. We will leave this beautiful space to a talented team who shares our respect and interest in keeping Bryan Place and East Dallas a special neighborhood. We wish this upcoming business (which you will find out soon) much success, and we hope you will all support them as much as you have supported us. In the next few weeks, come visit us one last time for a memorable evening. Thank you for all the support and exposure, and most importantly, for letting us be a part of the dynamic Dallas culinary scene.

Holiday Gifting

  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston
  • Cotton Club
  • Bond No 9 - Candle
  • Loeffler Randall - Clutch
  • Cle Du Peau - Nail Polish
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Oscar De La Renta - Clutch
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Elaine Turner - GiGi Flats
  • Elaine Turner - Felicia Stole in Magenta
  • Cotton Club
  • Wayne Smith
  • Cle Du Peau - Lip Gloss
  • Asher Gallery
  • Bond No 9 - Perfume
  • Oscar De La Renta - Earrings
  • Wayne Smith
  • Loeffler Randall - Shoes

Best Regards,

Gigliola (Gigi) Zimmermann


Gigliola recently married John Zimmerman, founder of Crisp Salad Company, and is now turning her focus to new projects.

It’s unclear what business will take Joyce & Gigi’s space on Hall Street and Ross Avenue, but from the sound of the statement there is already a replacement lined up.

If you were a fan of the modern South American restaurant, or never got a chance to try it, don’t fret. You have about three weeks left to take in as many tasty empanadas as possible before the restaurant shutters.

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