More Tacos and Tequilas with Closure at Quadrangle in Uptown Dallas
Tacos and tequila have left Uptown Dallas: TNT Tacos and Tequila, the upscale southwestern restaurant that opened at the Quadrangle in 2014, closed after seven years.
According to owners Jim and Liz Baron, the restaurant closed on December 10.
“We have had a very successful 7 year period at the Quadrangle and we are sad to go,” says Zak Baron, their son and general manager of the restaurant. “But we have exciting plans for the future.”
The restaurant’s closure was based on their location being razed soon, as part of a restoration of the property by Stream Realty, which bought the resort in 2019.
Originally developed in 1966, the Quadrangle was the first mixed-use project in Dallas.
Newly dubbed The Quad, the center will house a 12-story office building with a fitness studio, dedicated underground parking and an amenity center with tenant lounge, conference center and rooftop terrace. Five retail “bungalows” totaling 15,000 square feet will feature a mix of new-to-market cafes, high-rise fast-food and casual dining, and full-service dining.
The redevelopment was delayed during the pandemic, but it is moving forward now.
With the impending redevelopment, time is running out for restaurant tenants, including British Beverage Co., which closed during the pandemic in 2020; and Dream Cafe, which has moved a few blocks to a prominent location on McKinney Avenue. TNT was among the last holdouts.
Crushcraft Thai is still open and will move to a different space in the Quadrangle once construction begins.
The Barons opened TNT as the more hip, laid-back brother of Blue Mesa, a place where their brand’s southwest cuisine would find a younger audience. It was a refreshing arrival with great food, drink and a fun atmosphere that debuted in Austin in 2010. They also had locations in San Antonio, but left that market in 2017; Austin closed in 2018.
At all of their locations, they are committed to giving back to the community, organizing charity events for animal rescue and other deserving groups. At the Quadrangle, they were a good neighbor for companies like Theater Three, even offering drink discounts to attendees who showed their tickets.
Liz Baron says they haven’t closed the door on the concept, but are presenting it for now. “We’ve been talking about opening it up somewhere else, or maybe trying something different, maybe in 2022,” she says.
Interested customers can contact Blue Mesa Grill for catering, parties and other events.