After nearly eight years in business, the post said, “we make this decision with sadness, as we still firmly believe in veganism but feel this is the right decision for us at this time.”
The post did not reveal a specific reason for the closure, though many restaurants have faced a difficult landscape since the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. Most recently, Crane Alley — located across the street from Dancing Dog in downtown Urbana — closed on June 18.
Dancing Dog offered a vegan menu, carrying popular items like vegan deep dish pizza, baked goods and packaged ketchup.
The restaurant’s post acknowledged it will be open for lunch service through July 2. It will not have burrito night July 1 and will do “our last blow-out Pizza night Saturday PM.”
Next week Dancing Dog will be open Tuesday through Friday “or until we run out of food and other products. Most menu items this week will be 25%-ish off our regular prices, all sodas marked down 25%. Ketchup will be marked down to $3.50 a bottle.”
The Facebook post also mentioned that the business will have a “fire sale of each and every item in the restaurant. Stay tuned for further information on that.”
There was one bit of good news, however, at the end of the post.
“We are hoping to compile our most popular recipes into a Dancing Dog cookbook — stay tuned!”