How Many Businesses in Deep Ellum Texas will Survive?

This past Saturday, I walked along Deep Ellum streets and alleyways to find a sign of hope. I half expected someone to stick their head out the door and whisper shhhhh follow me if you want to live again. Deep Ellum entertainment district is known for its vibrant street murals, quirky art galleries and long-time concert venues for indie and blues. Brewpubs, cocktail bars and Tex-Mex eateries and of course it’s Serious Pizza.

The music usually draws an energetic crowd on weekends but not this weekend. Most of Deep Ellum roads and sidewalks were pin-drop silent. The restaurants, bars were all closed, and little Antique shops shut down.

The Deep Ellum Brewing Company that usually offers tours, tastings and fun events was boarded up like a New Orleans shop bracing for a Cat 5 Hurricane. As I walk I see business after small home town business either boarded up with graffiti stating “We’ll Be Back, “We Love Dallas” and the popular “#DallasStrong

All of them had the THIRD AMENDED EMERGENCY REGULATIONS taped to their front door signed by Judge Jenkins, making it official that they close. As if they were all saying it’s not our fought we had to close because they made us, see! It was mandated by the City of Dallas that all non-essential business close... Although I hear there’s a salon in North Dallas fighting to remain open and many are calling her a Hero but majority are saying she’s stupid.

The question I asked myself, as I was staring at Serious Pizza sign that says we are closed for remodeling, is the question so many Texans are all pondering today: Who will emerge intact from the pandemic purgatory, and who will not?

In the past three weeks, I’ve posed a version of that question to more than a dozen business owners, retail analysts, economists, consumer advocates, and commercial-real-estate investors and anyone else that may listen. Their viewpoints merge into an articulate, if troubling, story about the future of the Dallas as a whole has changed… not just Deep Ellum.

I’m afraid many mom-and-pop dreams will die over the next few weeks while everyone will be using e-commerce, restaurants will properly experience a transformation unlike anything the industry has experienced since Prohibition. Will Deep Ellum survive… Yes, I say it will, I’m that eternal optimist… I have been going out of my way to eat lunch at one of the many restaurants still open in Deep Ellum and if you love the scene and vibe of the Heart of Texas then you will too.


Tons of your favorite spots in the neighborhood are doing takeout & delivery and are ready to serve you. Below is a list of all the businesses that we know are serving takeout currently. This list was updated on April 28th.

Adair’s Saloon – 2624 Commerce Street – 214-939-9900

Angry Dog – 2726 Commerce Street – 214-741-4406

Big Guys Chicken & Rice – 2614 Elm Street – 214-810-1955

Biscuit Bar – 2550 Pacific Avenue – 469-638-9390

BrainDead Brewing – 2625 Main Street – 214-749-0600

Brick & Bones – 2713 Elm Street – 469-914-6776

Bucky Moonshine’s – 2912 Elm Street – 214-748-6901

Cafe Brazil – 2815 Elm Street – 214-747-2730

Cafe Salsera – 2610 Elm Street – 469-518-1500

Cane Rosso – 2612 Commerce Street – 214-741-1188

Deep Ellum Brewing Co. – 2823 St. Louis Street – 214-888-3322

Deep Sushi – 2624 Elm Street – 214-651-1177

Double Wide – 3510 Commerce Street – 469-872-0191

Easy Slider – 2701 Main Street – 469-917-7111

Hibiki – 2651 Commerce Street – 469-248-0516

HIDE – 2816 Elm Street – 214-396-8050

Ichigoh – 2724 Commerce Street – 972-707-0732

LOCAL – 2936 Elm Street – 214-752-7500

Mama Mia Pizza & Pasta – 2935 Elm Street – 214-744-6262

Maracas Cocina Mexicana – 2914 Main Street – 214-748-7140

Merit Coffee – 2639 Main Street – 469-248-3440

Mokah Coffee & Tea – 2803 Taylor Street – 214-651-0633

Monkey King Noodle Company – 2933 Main Street – 469-713-2648

NIWA Japanese BBQ – 2939 Main Street – 214-741-6492

Nori Handroll Bar – 2814 Elm Street – 469-436-6674

Pecan Lodge – 2702 Main Street – 214-748-8900

Pepe and Mito’s – 2911 Elm Street – 214-741-1901

Picole Pops – 2656 Main Street – 469-372-1404

Pop-Up DFW – 3409 Main Street – 214-200-5613

Revolver Taco Lounge – 2701 Main Street – 214-272-7163

Rudolph’s Meat Market – 2924 Elm Street – 214-741-1874

Skyrocket Burger – 111 S. Hall Street – 469-372-6122

St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin – 2730 Commerce Street – 214-698-1511

Terry Black’s BBQ – 3025 Main Street – 469-399-0081

The Free Man – 2626 Commerce Street – 214-377-9893

Tiki Loco – 2639 Elm Street – 469-399-7997

Trinity Cider – 2656 Main Street – 469-708-5444

Twisted Root – 2615 Commerce Street – 214-741-7668

Two Sisters Catering – 2633 Gaston Avenue – 214-823-3075

Uncle Uber’s – 2713 Commerce Street – 214-653-8237

Wendy Krispin Caterer – 528 S. Hall Street – 214-748-5559

Westlake Brewing – 2816 Commerce Street – 877-994-2337

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