Vitto Italian in the Bishop Arts District closes

I noticed this weekend that Vitto Italian, the Bishop Arts District restaurant, is closed. Signs taped to the windows say the landlord, Jim Lake Cos., locked out the owners for not paying rent.

We hear that the original owner moved to Mexico years ago and left the restaurant in the hands of family members. But I don’t have details of what went down exactly. I put a call into the Jim Lake Cos., so we’ll keep  you updated.

By |2010-05-17T15:04:08-05:00May 17th, 2010|Bishop Arts District, News, Restaurants|8 Comments

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  1. haunani May 21, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    I remember when VIto Itallian opened in it’s old location. I think that many in Oak Cliff were kinda dumbfounded by it’s menu and flight deck sized pizzas. I would order regularly. I do believe the information about the gentrification of North Oak cliff. It was underway in the late 80’s and into the 90’s. I sold my house on Winston street in 2003 for 141k, couldn’t get a dime more. It recently sold for 450K!!!

  2. disqus_mQPUc3NwMC March 7, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    It’s been5 years since I had pasta from Vitto’s and I truly miss it no other Italian restaurant compare to it. Please come back!!!

  3. Lanie Alford May 23, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Going to Vitto Italian was one of the pleasures of living in the Cliff. It was the place where we could always go have a great meal.

    I am really, really sad to see it go.

  4. Rachel Stone May 21, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Vitto Italian was popular, and I know a lot of people are sad to see it go. Best of luck to you!

  5. vitto ex-owner May 21, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    what happened to Vitto was… that after 14 years in the same location it was time to go. the last 2 1/2 years business has been decent but nothing great. some months we broke even but many months we lost money. food costs were going up, up, up… labor costs up and there is a GLUT of restaurants now in the north oak cliff bishop arts neighborhood.
    the client base had change from locals looking for a good meal at a fair price to over the bridge crowd that though Tillman’s (that i love) was an inexpensive restaurant…. when we opened Vitto the housing in oak cliff was affordable and home buyers had money to spend and that is not the case anymore in oak cliff. there are to many restaurants and not enough clients to keep everyone going like they did so many years ago…. Campisi’s would not move to oak cliff (i do not think) not enough business or income/traffic in the area…. but that is what i loved about bishop arts. but those days are also gone… i see a version of the west village now when i walk bishop and 7th streets….
    it had nothing to do with me being an absentee owner. my family had been running the restaurant for the last 10 years with out me. 90% of the employees had worked there for 10+ years…….
    jim lake DID NOT change the locks and kick us out…. we were in the process of cleaning the restaurant and closing it down when he was notified of our closing. the sign is on the door because yes, we do owe jim lake co. one month back rent.
    so there you have it… no evil landlord.
    just time for a change and Vitto Italian was for the Oak Cliff crowd… the yuppie over the bridge crowd just did not get it… Oh Well…….
    I and Vitto Italian will really miss bring in Oak Cliff. good bye and thanks to our old loyal customers…….

  6. Stephen May 20, 2010 at 8:42 AM

    Campisi’s is local, it’s a Dallas institution. It has a few locations, but it’s not a national chain.

  7. No chains! May 20, 2010 at 7:38 AM

    Putting in a Campisis or anything is just setting us up to become the next Addison. Unique, locally owned concepts are what will keep OC alive.

  8. Stephen May 18, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    I think a Campisi’s branch would be a perfect fit for that location. Their downtown happy hour is legendary, would love to have that in Oak Cliff.

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