Did Anyone Notice the Closing of Dallas Jones BBQ on Atlantic Avenue?

Walking down Atlantic yesterday, I noticed that the Dallas Jones BBQ was closed forever.   We gave them a shot when it first opened and they never really impressed.  What sort of new biz would you like to see move into that space?  Nail salon? Bank?  Dry cleaners?  Ahem….

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  • Jorale-man

    Tough location on Atlantic and probably the wrong market for BBQ unfortunately.

    I’d bet a gourmet sandwich/salad/takeout place might do well there. It’s on the way to Pier 6 and Governor’s Island, so you could rope in people planning higher-end picnics. And there aren’t really many good places just serving light lunch fare in the area, aside from Tazza.

  • mommy

    I thought it closed a long time ago.

  • Josh G

    Wow that place got an ‘A’ health inspection.

    Atlantic Ave is not really a dry cleaner place… that’s more fitting of, say, Montague St.

  • Monty

    I ate a Dallas BBQ once many years ago and it shot through me like an olympic luge.

  • bornhere

    Whenever I see any empty storefront in the Heights (including the western portions of north Atlantic Avenue), I hope for a fish store. Or a real bakery — you know, the kind with fresh (Italian or whatever) breads, happy cakes, great cookies, etc. Not a Crumbs, not a Lassen. A bakery. I know, I know — I’m a nostalgic, old Heights, we-used-to-have-these-things fool.

  • C.

    “Nail salon? Bank? Dry cleaners? Ahem”

    Yeah that’s Montague street. Not Atlantic. In somewhat related news, Montague street is getting a new restaurant, I think in the Taze? place? A second floor Italian restaurant (we need another one of those) called…. wait for it….. “Oh, My Pasta”. I kid you not.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    C.: “Oh, My Pasta” is a marginally better name than “Rock Pasta”, a place that occupied the same space briefly in the late 1980s. That spot on Montague has gone steadily downhill since Old Hungary closed about 1986.

  • Mickey

    Old Hungary … now that brings back memories, Carl!

  • mlo

    Its unfortunate nothing seem sto make it in that space. they actually have a very nice outdoor patio

  • mlo

    Its unfortunate nothing seems to make it in that space. there’s actually a very nice outdoor patio

  • ifsandsor

    I am with “bornhere” since I am a real life Brooklynite also. We need a fish store or a prime butcher. It is a long walk to both Saubitz or Clark Street with nothing in between.

  • Joe from Grace

    The week before it closed, I ordered online and caught a virus that spammed my entire contact list. I was literally in my email account when the emails started shooting out. I liked the ribs, but I was never going to order from them again. A gourmet salad place would be nice.

  • sunshinebk

    What we need on montague is a cute sandwich place.. not a chain like ” spicy pickle” but a little cafe offering salads, sandwiches, soups… one place I miss dearly is the greek resteraunt… such a shame that they decided to close there bussiness…most amazing spinach pies !

  • EHinBH

    BBQ is great for that area — but it would beed to be a big restaurant — they should have moved up the Avenue into the old mexican place. People want to go eat BBQ — not get it delivered. That place had nowhere to sit other than a couple of nasty tables near the register.

  • EHinBH

    A fish market on Mont would do great. What’s that place in Cobble Hill? Fishtails? They should open a satellite shop in Heights.

  • JJ State

    Monty has me in tears right now. Thanks for the laugh.

    Ditto on the butcher or fish shop. Badly needed.

  • GHB

    Sunshine, I miss Mr. Souvlaki too! Good, unique food (for the Heights) and reasonably priced. Keep dumping those chain stores on us…

  • Hicks on hicks

    How about a Bed, Bath and Beyond?

  • Billy Reno

    At last! The perfect spot to realize my Hot Stone Cheese Steakery concept!

  • Colin

    Not surprising.

    I’d also love to see a bakery or butcher open in the area. Or, in my wildest dreams, a dumpling bar or pie shop!

  • Matt

    Dallas Jones closed a solid month or so ago. If you ordered the right things there, it was actually quite good, and WAY better than Jakes which is just downright terrible. Unfortunately a BBQ place should have done decent there since there’s no other options in the neighborhood, but people clearly have a greater penchant for thai and sushi.

    For anyone saying they should open a fish market or butcher, Fish Tails is less than a 10 minute walk from there and is one of the best markets in the city. Same goes for Staubitz.

  • Bette

    I love the suggestions of bornhere. A casual fish restaurant like Mary’s Fish Camp in the West Village that also sells fresh fish would be so cool. Also, like the idea of a place to get picnic lunches on the way to Brooklyn Bridge Park or the Ferry to Governor’s Island.

    Or maybe a bike shop? That offers bike storage!!! (they could make a fortune)

    Or a “good” food chain (that might be able to afford the rent without being a “Subway”), like the Hummus Place, or Maoz Vegetarian.

  • GHB

    And I thought that Mary’s Fish Camp was a lesbian bar!

  • brooklynbee

    I called their Manhattan location after they closed and they said the reason the Brooklyn location shut down was because no one ate in there. I myself did not ever eat in there but used to order takeout, and I liked it quite a bit. I agree that a good ‘to go’ place near the park would be great, especially if they had picnic baskets or similar. Look at Tazza, that place is always packed, morning, noon and night because they have a great mix of items that can be ordered throughout the day.

  • Wrennie

    It seems like so many of the discussions on this blog are about how another business has failed in our neighborhood. Bummer.

    But, please, no more bikes. A doctor driving like a complete jerk almost knocked me off my bike by cutting across the Clinton Street bike lane and turning onto Joralemon, without signalling. I’m very experienced with reading traffic, both in a car and on a bike (and walking on the sidewalk, for that matter), so throwing me off is pretty difficult. This guy was a true winner–completely flippant, rude, and unapologetic. He had a long week, though, he said, so it’s okay to hit cyclists when they’re riding in their own appropriated lanes. Big middle finger to you, Doc.

    So anyway, back to the point. The city has done a lot to make biking easier, but unfortunately, the planners have assumed that people who live here are intelligent and conscientious. And I hate to say it, but very few people are. So, I think the last thing anyone needs is another place where people can rent bikes or otherwise be involved with bikes.

  • PierrepontSkin

    Monty, are you referring to Dallas BBQ’s (on Livingston) or Dallas Jones (on Atlantic)?

    I never had a problem with Dallas Jones. I used to order the pulled pork sandwich with fries, a pink lemonade, and coleslaw. So good! The macaroni and cheese was also delicious. Personally, they’ll be missed. I guess I’ll have to hit up the location in the West Village.

    You know what would be cool to have in the neighborhood (probably not in that exact location, though)? A German beer garden/sausage house.

  • PierrepontSkin

    ALSO, maybe one of the 50 optometrists or real estate places from Montague can move in to the Dallas Jones spot. Then maybe we can get another decent bar on Montague other than Eamonn’s (which I happen to enjoy). Or maybe a legitimate pizzeria. Anyone remember John’s, where Corcoran is?

  • y

    @ wrennie: What was your next action after the doc almost ran you over? I bet you ran the red light on the next intersection. I have been watching bikers flipping out when someone takes their right of way and then the next thing they do is making a wrong turn or run the red light. No sympathy from me for you.

    @ pierrepontskin: Love that idea and that could be my permanent home, but cant wait for the critizism, too loud, too many drunks, too many young people.

  • Heights Mom

    John’s pizza was terrible, and Montague does NOT need a cute little cafe that sells sandwiches, salads and soups. Already have that with Lassen and to an extent, Connecticut Muffin. We need a proper bar – maybe a brew pub – that serves food also. I too like Eamon’s but lets face it, it’s not really a neighborhood crowd. As far as the Dallas Jones space, I also suggest a good sandwich place there. I could never figure out, especially once Pier 6 opened, why the deli space on Hicks and Atlantic never seemed to work out.

  • Wrennie

    @y, Perhaps you should grow up a little. React to what happened, not to what you can only possibly assume happened, based on your grouchy notions. I’m certainly not asking for your sympathy, or that of anyone else. For the record, I stop fully at red lights and only when there is absolutely no one around do I continue through the intersection. Pedestrians do the same exact thing, so I really don’t want to hear from you about that either.

    In summation, not every cyclist is the devil. Some are just trying to follow the rules and ride appropriately in given circumstances. But thanks for your obnoxiousness, incorrect assumptions, and bad grammar.