Decanter closes after almost eight months in business

A sign taped to the window of Decanter Restaurant and Wine Lounge states the business owners were locked out Monday. And building owner Jim Lake Cos. put the space up for rent again.

Chef Tony Gardizi’s wine-bar concept opened in January, and it got fairly good reviews.

We sent an email to Gardizi but haven’t heard back yet. Decanter was in the same space that Cafe Madrid had occupied.


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  • chas fitzgerald

    i am not surprised either. it is very difficult for a restaurant to fail in north Oak Cliff as we have generally embraced anything that came to the Cliff. However, Decanter was unnecessarily pretentious. I did not need a wine advisor to hover over my table when i was already satisfied with my wine selection. the food was average and the atmosphere terrible. The space needs a big makeover to alleviate the railroad car feel.

  • I can’t say I’m all that surprised. I visited Decanter when they started up Karaoke, and while the food was great, the heat in the bar area up front was stifling — and that was back in June. I gave a brief review on my Karaoke blog, and tried really hard to cast the night in a positive light, because sometimes thing break.

    But the way you treat your partners is completely within a restaurant’s control. Without going into detail, I can say that the owners treated the Karaoke hosts shamefully, refusing to stick to their agreements. You can’t stay in business like that, no matter how delicious your goat milk cheese appetizer may be.

    This could be a great location, and I hope someone moves in soon. And I hope they bring Karaoke — Barbara’s Pavillion is fun, but North Oak Cliff can surely support more than one Karaoke venue!