Developers are replacing Jake’s with a high-rise apartment and office building.
After 18 years, Jake’s Burgers & Beer on McKinney Avenue in Uptown Dallas has closed. It was one of the most profitable and most iconic Jake’s restaurants in North Texas, says Kendra Shier, vice president of operations and marketing.
The 1.14-acre plot of land where Jake’s resided will be turned into a 19-story tower with nearly 300 residences and 60,000 square feet of office space. “It wasn’t our choice to leave,” reads part of the note posted on the door.
Shier says the company is looking at new sites in Uptown Dallas now. The company has been growing quickly, since former owners Diane and Greg Garvey sold Jake’s to Mad Concepts in April 2021. Mad Concepts also operates Slim Chickens and Floyd’s Barbershop.
The Uptown Dallas closure did not affect the other Jake’s restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth: in Flower Mound, Frisco, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Lake Highlands, Mansfield and Fort Worth. A new Jake’s is expected to open on Midway Road in Addison in September 2022, in place of a former Blue Goose Cantina. (A Jake’s was once open on Belt Line Road in Addison, but it closed in 2014.)
The Uptown Dallas restaurant — now empty, with chairs overturned and cleaning supplies littering the bar — closed Aug. 14, 2022.
Jake’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers was founded in 1985 by Jacob Lee “Jake” Keller Jr., a nephew of Jack Keller, who created Keller’s burgers in Dallas.
The restaurant is known for its cold schooners of beer, sweet potato fries, jalapeño bottle caps, and burgers with poppy seed buns. The Flaming Rooster sandwich, made with grilled chicken and hot mustard, has been on the menu since the restaurant originated in East Dallas nearly 40 years ago.
The Uptown Dallas restaurant sported a packed patio when the weather was nice. Among dozens of comments from bummed-out Facebook fans, several said the Uptown restaurant was their favorite Jake’s.
Jake’s was at 2702 McKinney Ave., Dallas and closed Aug. 14, 2022.