This didn’t take long: Tim Love’s burger joint Love Shack at the Oui, which opened in fall 2012, is about to shut down.
Fort Worth Weekly writer (and former DFW.com contributor) Eric Griffey broke the news.
Love later emailed our Bud Kennedy confirmation: “The landlord has exercised its option to buy our lease. It was a weird deal but both parties came out well.”
Shortly afterward, I received this: “Chef Tim Love today announced he and Love Style, Inc. will no longer own and operate the Love Shack at the Oui. ‘We reached an agreement with the other investors which benefits all parties. Additionally, Love Style, Inc. will no longer serve as operating partner of the Oui Lounge, effective immediately."
The celebrity chef was one of the partners who reopened the Oui in the spring of 2012, telling DFW.com that the bar would have a vibe reminiscent of its ’70s heyday. After his Love Shack on So7 closed, Love hinted at plans to open a TCU-area Love Shack, which came to fruition in November with the location on Bluebonnet Circle (our impressions were mixed: We liked the food, but weren’t all that keen on the dark dive-bar atmosphere).
Love’s original Love Shack remains, and will be the last one standing after the Oui location closes, although there has been talk of a Love Shack at DFW Aiport (we’re happy that at least one Love Shack around to compete in our upcoming 2013 Battle of the Burgers). Love closed Love Shack Denton last year and reopened it this year as Queenie’s Steakhouse.
3509 Consulting will take over the Oui on July 1, and is in discussions with “multiple restaurant owners” about what to do with the Love Shack space, the Weekly reports. Meanwhile, Love has been keeping himself busy -- he was the chef for Sunday’s Twenty at the Tower, and the Huffington Post teases that he’ll reveal some grilling secrets on the site on Tuesday.