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Dallas Sandwich Shop Closes After 42 Years


A pastrami peppered beef from Antoine's | Image by Lauren Drewes Daniels

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Known for its “Original Po’Boy,” Antoine’s Sandwich Shop has closed after 42 years in business.

The beloved restaurant was known for its specialty po’boy, made with ham, German salami, provolone cheese, mayonnaise, pickles, and chow-chow on its in-house baked bread.

Located at 4234 Harry Hines Blvd., Antoine’s opened in 1962, according to The Dallas Morning News. The 60-year-old restaurant was one of the oldest establishments in the metroplex.

On Monday, owners Samir and Maria Ayoub announced the closure on their Facebook page, writing, “With sad news, we shut down our operation at Antoine’s after about 42 years. Maria and I want to thank you all for those beautiful days, and years. Will Miss You all.”

The last sandwich was sold on August 13, and although the Ayoubs plan to retire, they have made allusions to possibly occasionally catering from their home.

The close-knit crew that worked at Antoine’s made sandwiches for workers, visitors, and residents around the market district, in addition to the medical district, guests at nearby hotels, and UT Dallas students.

Following the announcement on Facebook, several loyal patrons took to the comment section to share their memories.

“My dad ate there from your inception, and even after he moved to Colorado, he brought us there every vacation! He and two more generations of our family have enjoyed your delicious food and wonderful family from day one, THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIES!!!” wrote a former customer.

While the restaurant sustained itself for six decades, Samir said the pandemic and rising food costs were the final blows to a business well-known for keeping lunch cheap.

The closing of Antoine’s follows the relocation of another well-known sandwich shop, Great American Hero, which closed its location of 48 years on Lemmon Avenue in late July.

Culturemap reported Great American Hero will move to a retail center in northeast Dallas.

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Debby Bobbitt
Debby Bobbitt
1 month ago

I am so not happy about this! But I am happy that the owners will be able to retire and if they chose to run a catering service on the side or even a food truck I would be very happy!! Thank you for all the delicious sandwiches over the years and the always faithful DOLMADES! Good Luck and enjoy your retirement years!

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