Oak Cliff restaurant Hattie’s appears to be closed – The Dallas Morning News

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Southern restaurant Hattie’s is closed in Oak Cliff for now, after 17 years.

A sign on the door suggests the closure is temporary “due to maintenance issues” but the restaurant has cut its OpenTable reservations and is not answering the phones during business hours. CultureMap reported the closure on Feb. 19. We have not been able to confirm it with owner Anthony Alvarez.

It’s been a newsworthy few months for long-time restaurants in or near the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff. First, Tillman’s closed in December 2019 after 27 years; then came Bolsa’s shuttering in January, after a 12-year run. Now we’re in February, and it’s Hattie’s.

The restaurant hasn’t announced its closure on social media. The restaurant opened in November 2002.

Back in 2003, when 'The Dallas Morning News' reviewed Hattie's, we photographed its fried chicken salad and pecan crusted catfish with lemon butter sauce.
Back in 2003, when ‘The Dallas Morning News’ reviewed Hattie’s, we photographed its fried chicken salad and pecan crusted catfish with lemon butter sauce.(MILTON HINNANT / 181982)

The Southern restaurant was known for brunch. The low-country menu included dishes like a fried green tomato sandwich with smoked pimento cheese and bacon; cornmeal griddlecakes; and shrimp and cheddar grits. The tidy interior felt like you were dining at your rich aunt’s home. It doubled as a sweet little date spot, with its black and white tile floors and fresh flowers on each table.

The Dallas Morning News’ restaurant critic said in 2003, a year after it opened, that “Hattie’s in Oak Cliff gives diners north of the tricklin’ Trinity a reason to cross over.” Of course, since it opened in the early 2000s, the Bishop Arts District has boomed, with restaurants and bars dominating the neighborhood. But back when Hattie’s was brand-new, our then-critic Dotty Griffith noted that “the area is one of the few under-restauranted districts in Dallas.” It’s interesting to see how neighborhoods can change.

Hattie’s was named after owner Alvarez’s business partner’s mother.

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