Upscale taqueria Taco Diner shutters 2 locations including Fort Worth

An upscale taqueria in Sundance Square in Fort Worth is closed: Taco dinerThe company, which had been open at 156 W 4th St. for six years, closed the location on Jan. 1 with a post on its website and Facebook page, announcing the sad closure.

“Thank you for having eaten at our Taco Diner for the past six years,” the post said. “We made the very difficult decision to close our Sundance Square location and would like to thank our loyal guests in the Fort Worth community for adopting our street food style in Mexico City.”

“We have taken steps to facilitate the closure by finding opportunities for all managers and team members in neighboring M Crowd family restaurants and look forward to continued service and great memories for years to come,” it said in the mail.

This was the chain’s only remaining location in Fort Worth. At the same time, the chain closed its location in Las Colinas with a message similar to the audience in Las Colinas.

That leaves only two locations in Dallas: West Village and Lake Highlands.

It’s a huge drop from a once thriving chain with locations in Southlake, Addison, Preston Center in Dallas and Southlake, Fort Worth’s Waterside, Planos Shops at Legacy, Richardson’s Cityline Complex, and beyond.

Taco Diner, which describes itself as a “celebration of the authentic taco stands of Mexico City and the classic American neighborhood diner”, was founded in 1999 by restaurateur Mico Rodriguez as the casual younger sibling of the Mi Cocina chain, which he also co-founded .

When it debuted in Dallas’ West Village, it was a fresh and vibrant concept that drew large crowds for its artisanal margaritas and soft tacos – well before the subsequent glorification of today’s tacos and an glorification that likely contributed to that too To prepare the stage for its decline.

In recent years it has expanded its menu to include people-friendly products such as burgers and Mi Cocinas Margarita, the Mambo Taxi.

Micos departure from parent company M Crowd did not contribute to the success.

The chain closed completely in March after the onset of COVID-19, and the last three closings – Plano, Richardson and Waterside – have closed since the virus emerged.

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Stephanie Allmon-Merry contributed to this story.

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