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Spiral Diner, Dallas’ pioneer vegan restaurant, is closing in Oak Cliff.this is the reason

Spiral Diner, a vegan restaurant in Dallas, will close in Oak Cliff in August 2022.

“People would think we were completely insane,” says owner Amy McNutt, who opened a meat- and dairy-free restaurant in Dallas about 15 years ago. was selling comfort vegan food long before most of its competitors had caught up.

She’s been doing it even longer with the so-called Cowtown: The Spiral Diner in Fort Worth opened 20 years ago this month and is still open.

Spiral Diner is a vegan restaurant. The Dallas shop (pictured) will be closed, but restaurants in Fort Heworth and Denton will remain open, and a new Spiral in Arlington is currently under construction.(Luis Deluca/staff photographer)

McNutt says the dilapidated building on N. Beckley Avenue in Dallas “needs more love than it can afford to give.”

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“The landlord wouldn’t meet us where we needed to be,” says McNutt. That’s why Dallas’ most famous long-running vegan diner will be closing by the end of the week.

Restaurant employees will begin selling products such as dairy-free pastries, cashew nachos, and meat-free burgers starting August 8, 2022. April 14th, 2022, but that will depend on demand from the store’s many customers.

The Spiral Diner Impact in North Texas

When McNutt started selling meat-free food in Fort Worth in 2002, she says she was “young enough to just go eat and not worry about it.” She didn’t have any other vegan restaurants to compare hers to, so she wasn’t sure if it would work.

She’s been eating vegan since she was a little girl, mostly because she’s “animal friendly,” she says.

The first Spiral Diner was created to accommodate busy people who choose to eat animal-free. The Dallas store was the same model.

“We really wanted to sell all these comfort foods, which are always an excuse,” she says. i really love ice cream Also i really love cheeseAlso I can’t imagine not being able to eat breakfast food.We wanted to recreate them completely vegan. You don’t have to sacrifice taste to eat a vegan diet. ”

Spiral Diner will close in August 2022 after nearly 15 years in business. was a pioneer...
Spiral Diner will close in August 2022 after nearly 15 years in business. It was a pioneering vegan restaurant not just in Dallas, but throughout Dallas-Fort Worth. Cashew quinoa pate. Beyond burgers; or soy and wheat patties.(Kimberly Jürgens)

Bestsellers in Dallas include lumberjacks, biscuits and gravy breakfast items, tofu scrambles, and two “sausage” patties, all vegan. Nachos premo is also a popular order. Heaped with dairy-free cheese, black beans, quinoa, olives and guacamole, it’s easy to forget that these nachos could have been topped with beef or chicken at other restaurants.

Spiral Diner, which has restaurants in Fort Worth and Denton, will remain open. But despite many other vegan restaurants opening during Spiral’s 15-year run, the closure of the Dallas restaurant has left a plant-based hole in the region’s largest city.

“What I miss is the connection that customers and crew have made there,” says CEO Samantha Ofeno.

“It’s a safe place for people,” McNutt adds.

3 New Vegan Restaurants Coming Soon

With the closure of the Dallas restaurant, Spiral Diner management is rushing to launch three new restaurants, two in Fort Worth and one in Arlington.

Upscale vegan restaurant Maiden

At the PS1200 development in Fort Worth, McNutt and her team plan to open the city’s first upscale vegan restaurant. Called Maiden: Fine Plants and Spirits, the restaurant offers 6- to 8-course seasonal tasting menus to showcase creative dishes that can be made without meat or dairy.

Maiden offers “features that Spiral couldn’t do,” McNutt says. “The Spiral is quick and comfortable.

While the move wasn’t inspired by famous restaurants that went vegan during the pandemic, like New York City’s Eleven Madison Park, such a move would put McNutt’s mind at ease. It was helpful.

“Even these highly successful chefs are making this transition and there’s nothing to fear,” she says.

Maiden is scheduled to open in early 2023 at 1200 Sixth Ave. in Fort Worth, near the existing Spiral Diner in Fort Worth.

Small dessert shop, Dreamboat Donuts and Scoops

In the same vein as Maiden, the company will open a vegan donut and ice cream shop called Dreamboat. It’s smaller than most restaurants we’ve written about, less than 400 square feet.

Spiral Diner sells a variety of vegan cakes, including classic vanilla. very soon...
Spiral Diner sells a variety of vegan cakes, including classic vanilla. Brothers restaurant Dreamboat plans to sell donuts and ice cream in Fort Worth.(Special Contributor / Mike Stone)

Its vegan donuts are made in a Fort Worth production kitchen, making small spaces more forgiving.

The menu also includes a popular dairy-free ice cream made for Spiral Diner over the years.

Ice cream can be easily made vegan, says McNutt. They use soy milk and sometimes coconut milk, and substitute cashews for eggs.

“It’s just a matter of tinkering,” says McNutt.

Dreamboat Donuts and Scoops is scheduled to open in early 2023 at 1200 Sixth Ave. in Fort Worth, next to Maiden, near the Spiral Diner.

Spiral Diner No. 3 in Arlington

The team also plans to open a new Spiral Diner on E. Front Street in Arlington’s growing Urban Union development. It offers a menu similar to the existing Spiral Diner.

The Spiral Diner is scheduled to open on E. Front Street in Arlington in 2023.

The future of vegan food in Dallas-Fort Worth

While some vegan restaurants, like Project Pollo, don’t use the “v” word and instead lean toward “plant-based,” McNutt said her restaurant is proud to be vegan. I say there is.

“We scream from the mountain tops,” she says.

She continues to search for more Spiral Diner locations, including in Dallas, and hopes Dreamboat will expand if it proves successful in Fort Worth.

“Steady growth is our speed,” says McNutt. “Our biggest goal is to keep the culture we have built over the last 20 years in place.”

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