All-brunch Sunset Valley restaurant the Funkadelic has now closed, due to a decline in business during the COVID-19 pandemic. The restaurant’s last day at 4715 South Lamar Boulevard was on Sunday, October 4.
Owner and chef Michael Wake announced the restaurant’s closure on social media, calling it “one of the most difficult decisions to make,” but stating that the restaurant had been struggling during the pandemic and business was no longer sustainable. The Funkadelic unfortunately is only the latest restaurant to fall to the pandemic, with a recent survey stating half of restaurants in Texas may be forced to close without any relief.
Wake also wrote that although did not have current plans for what comes next, “chances are good we’ll sprout something new in the future.” There is a GoFundMe for the laid-off restaurant staff.
The Funkadelic opened in February 2018 with all-day brunch like breakfast tacos, pupusas, pancakes, and churro waffles. It had just announced a partnership with Easy Tiger in September. Wake had spent 14 years at Whole Foods Market before opening Funkadelic.