Here are four restaurants that have recently closed in the Lake Highlands/Lakewood area. This list is not comprehensive.

1. Monkey King Noodle Co.

Local Chinese restaurant Monkey King Noodle Co. permanently closed its location in Lake Highlands in late March.

The company decided to close the restaurant, which opened in 2020, because it wasn’t receiving enough business, management said. They are currently looking for better areas to expand to that would generate enough revenue.

Monkey King Noodle still has locations in Richardson, Grapevine, Deep Ellum and downtown Dallas. The restaurant is known for its “legitimate northern Chinese street food,” which is made to order, according to its website.

The Lake Highlands restaurant was located at 6770 Abrams Road, Dallas, in the Creekside shopping mall. 469-713-2648.

2. Urban Taco

After 16 years of business, Urban Taco permanently closed at the Mockingbird Station Shopping Center in March.

The company announced the closure on Facebook, saying it is “moving to the cloud.” Although the restaurant’s physical storefront closed, customers can still order from Urban Taco through Oomi Kitchen, a ghost kitchen offering food delivery from several companies.

Urban Taco served “modern Mexican food,” including tacos, tortas and empanadas. The company's three other locations have all closed. The Mockingbird Station restaurant was located at 5331 E. Mockingbird Lane, Ste. 125, Dallas.

3. Blue Goose Cantina

After nearly four decades as a Greenville Avenue staple, Blue Goose Cantina closed its doors in March.

Peterson Management Group, the company that owns Blue Goose along with other restaurant chains Big Shucks Oyster Bar and Aw Shucks Oyster Bar, cited a failure to reach a lease agreement with the new owners of the building as the reason for closing. In a Facebook post, Blue Goose wrote it is looking for potential new locations in the area to move into.

Opened in 1984, the 2905 Greenville Ave. Blue Goose location was the first for the chain, which now has six other locations across Dallas-Fort Worth. The company is set to open a new location in Grand Prairie this month.

4. Matt’s Rancho Martinez

After 34 years of operations, Tex-Mex restaurant Matt’s Rancho Martinez permanently closed its Lakewood location in April.

The company announced the closure on Facebook and encouraged its patrons to visit its new location in Allen. The restaurant also has a location in Royse City.

“The Martinez family, management and staff want to thank you for the many years, meals, celebrations and memories we have shared with each one of you, your family and friends,” the Facebook post stated.

The restaurant is known for its “often imitated, never duplicated” Bob Armstrong dip. The Lakewood restaurant was located at 1904 Skillman St., Dallas. 214-823-5517.