Fiesta Restaurant Group closed 19 Taco Cabanas in Texas on Monday.
Of those, seven were in North Texas: in Allen, Frisco, North Richland Hills, Hurst, Denton and Dallas.
The lone Dallas shop was at 1827 Greenville Ave., on Lower Greenville, which had been in operation since 1993. Monday at lunchtime, the restaurant was already changing its locks. A bright pink sign on the door said, “We’ve made the hard decision to close this Taco Cabana restaurant.”
A news release from the parent company said that all the shuttered stores were “underperforming” and had “significant losses.”
The closures represented about 10% of the company’s Taco C portfolio. Fiesta still operates well over 100 Taco Cabana restaurants, including more than two dozen in Dallas-Fort Worth. But the number of restaurants inside Dallas proper is getting slimmer. Some of the Taco Cabanas in Dallas that are still open include 6919 Greenville Ave. (at Park Lane), 3923 Lemmon Ave. (near Oak Lawn Avenue), and 2635 N. Stemmons Freeway (near Medical District Drive).
After the closures in Frisco, Allen, North Richland Hills and Hurst, none of those cities have a Taco Cabana.
Closed Taco Cabanas in Dallas-Fort Worth are:
- 810 W. Stacy Road (at North Central Expressway), Allen
- 1827 Greenville Ave. (near Ross Avenue), Dallas
- 5350 Preston Road (near Lebanon Road), Frisco
- 11560 Dallas Parkway (at Eldorado Parkway), Frisco
- 5036 Rufe Snow (at N.E. Loop 820), North Richland Hills
- 2220 S. Loop 288 (near Interstate 35E), Denton
- 1495 Precinct Line Road (at Texas 183 TEXpress), Hurst
Despite the closures, Richard Stockinger, Fiesta’s president and CEO, said in a statement that he’s “optimistic” about sales at the existing Taco Cabanas in Texas.
“These closures eliminate all stores with significant losses, which we expect will result in a highly viable portfolio of restaurants," Stockinger said.
The Lower Greenville closure is notable, as it stood as a late-night queso staple in the neighborhood. In the last decade, Lower Greenville has been through significant changes, with restaurants, coffee shops and a Trader Joe’s grocery store replacing late-night clubs. In the past week, restaurant owners have announced two new eateries opening within walking distance of the now-shuttered Taco Cabana.
The store at 1827 Greenville Ave. was once a nightclub called Tango, where artist Bob “Daddy-O” Wade’s mechanical frog sculptures danced on the rooftop starting in 1983. His six 10-foot-tall frogs were “legends — a source of fascination and targets of a humorless bureaucracy,” wrote the late Dallas Morning News reporter Alan Peppard. After the club became a queso joint, execs at Taco Cabana found three of the long-lost frogs, and Wade’s Tango Frogs were reinstalled on the roof in 2014.
Wade died at age 76 in December 2019, and his frogs were still atop the Taco Cabana then. There’s no word on what happens to the frogs next.
A Taco Cabana spokesperson said they do not have information on what might replace the fast-food restaurant on Lower Greenville.