A favorite Arlington lunch spot is struggling to stay afloat.
The restaurant, Fork in the Road, warned customers Wednesday on Facebook that business had not rebounded from the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Fork In The Road is dying,” the restaurant wrote. “We are about to have to close our doors for good. That’s not an exaggeration, it’s actually an understatement.”
Fork in the Road cited a list of issues including difficulties recruiting employees, rising food prices and a growing number of customers who prefer the convenience of fast food to parent-owned restaurants.
The restaurant also said it couldn’t get federal small business loans during the pandemic because big businesses were gobbling up the money too quickly.
Bars and restaurants have been among the businesses hardest hit by the pandemic. In one year, from March 2020 to March 2021, approximately 18% of restaurants in Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington failed.
Fork in the Road opened in 2013 and “has served as Arlington’s go-to restaurant for chef-prepared lunches, such as three-cheese truffle ‘crack-aroni’ or a thick Hedberg club sandwich. “. Fort Worth Star-Telegram Bud Kennedy wrote in 2018.
“We humbly and greatly implore and implore you to visit your local small businesses now or we will all be gone,” the restaurant wrote on Facebook. “Please don’t wait until they are gone wishing you were seeing them more, because then it will be too late.”
Fork in the Road, 1821 S. Fielder Road, is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.