Blue Mesa Near the Ballpark: Tex-Mex Chain Plots Arlington Expansion and Uptown Spin-off

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News out of Cowtown via the Star-Tele is that Blue Mesa Grill is planning on opening a new restaurant at Lincoln Square just west of the Ballpark in Arlington this fall, to capitalize on sports traffic in the area.

President Jim Baron said the new Blue Mesa Grill in Arlington is in a very "tried and true center," where "everybody does well."

Except for those that didn't do quite so well, like 5 Diner, Portofino Ristorante, The Melting Pot and The Flying Saucer. That's all I can recall in recent memory. I'm sure they'll do well though. There's an Olive Garden in the same complex and we hear it's great.

Baron told the Star-Tele that he liked the spot because of the close proximity to the Rangers and Cowboys stadiums and catering opportunities. Lease negotiations aren't final yet.

Blue Mesa is also planning a Tacos & Tequila in Uptown. There's currently only one other, which is in Austin. They have over 100 different tequilas and grilled tacos, skewers, burritos, wraps and salads. If we get word on when they plan to open, we'll update.

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Blue Mesa Grill

8200 Dallas Parkway, Plano, TX

Category: Restaurant


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Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Very deceiving headline......my initial picture in my mind was $40.00 Ballpark plates, and $20.00 drinks.  Blue Mesa is goodness.  But, I usually stop by the QT on 30, and get several $1.00 hot dogs, and beara-saving myself, maybe, a hundee?

Oak Cliff Clavin
Oak Cliff Clavin

I think Portofino was around for >20 years. RIP Lone Star Oyster Bar....

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

While I thought this was going to be news that Blue Mesa was actually going to be serving their tasty treats AT the ballpark, which I was actually shocked and surprised they were finally bringing in decent concessions to the temple, I found that I misread the headline :(

That being said, I like Blue Mesa, but unless they're going to create a specific menu for this location that targets the Cowboy/Rangers gameday crowds, I don't expect it staying for long..

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Well if you are banking on sports fans to fill your tables, you cant have a restaurant at the price points the melting pot and Portofino were at.  Blue Mesa will do fine with good happy hours prices and easy to eat food for the fan on the run.

And as mcdoom stated, a lot of the restaurants that shut down were casulties of the I30 redo.  Now thats its simple to traverse the area, there are more people eating over there

McDoom
McDoom

The Saucer in Lincoln Square shut down almost a decade ago. Portofino and the Melting Pot were casualties of the 30 reconstruction.

I'm sure Blue Mesa will do fine. If there's one thing everyone in this area loves it's overpriced, overrated faux mexican food

LaurenDrewesDaniels
LaurenDrewesDaniels

Agreed on the headline. I snuck in and changed it for future puposes. 

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Blue Mesa isnt a bad restaurant, i'd rather see it IN the ballpark instead of NEAR the ballpark. This is one of those major issues w/ The Rangers I have, which is to say a serious lack of real options that you would find at other ballparks in both leagues. I'd love to see local restaurants (railhead, risckys, fuzzys tacos, ect) to setup up shop out there, heck even the Astros have decent eateries at Minute Maid...

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Lone Star Oyster bar exists as Swamp Daddy's today, although not even 10% as good as the original

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

nah, the headline is misleading. When you say Blue Mesa at Ballpark, you expect it to be onsite. Appropriate headline would be "Blue Mesa near ballpark and cowboys stadium". The spinoff will actually be in Uptown.

LaurenDrewesDaniels
LaurenDrewesDaniels

There are some other places that shut down, but I can't recall the names -- a French-ish place and a Mexican food place. A decade is recent memory, right? I don't see how the 30 construciton had to do with the Melting Pot. It's not close to it -- whereas Olive Garden opened up closer to the highway and is probably doing fine. It's all probably part of a healthy turnover, but not everything makes it. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I think its been proven here in DFW that restaurants dont last in ballparks, or arenas.  chili's failed in the AAC as well as a couple others in that spot, plus all the failures in victory.  Fridays front row grill died a slow death at BPiA and then so did Rawlings Grill.  Upping the scale of the restaurant isnt going to change the fate of the place, inside thes arenas. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

If melting pot wasnt close to 30, then what does it have to do with Lincoln Square.  All of lincoln square sits directly off of 30.  Olive Garden opend post 30 construction as well

McDoom
McDoom

I must be confusing the Melting Pot with Simply Fondue. To your point, I recall another Italian place that was next to the Marble Slab that doesn't look to be in business anymore. I don't ever remember a Mexican place in Lincoln Square proper...I do remember one back in the day where the BW3's is now

Mervis
Mervis

Shady Oak. Was also part of the Mexican Inn/Spring Creek empire.

McDoom
McDoom

I remember the Mexican Inn dying a quick death. My lovely bride was pissed. There was that BBQ place next door to it that died quickly as well. Shady Grove?

Ker's had a rather short lived location during the construction too

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

the mexican place was up the street on copeland in the new el fenix building, it was mexican inn, and it died during 30 construction, red hot and blue died as well but has been replaced by Bikini's. 

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