The Mecca is Moving to East Dallas

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East Dallas is getting a new CFS that borders on holy.
Cheryl Hurt has only been the manager at The Mecca for three years, but she talks like she's been with the restaurant for all 74 of them. I called her when a reader emailed to tell me the restaurant was making a move form its spot on Harry Hines to Live Oak Street. Hurt told me they just signed a lease on the old Molly Maguire's space that closed last fall.

The new Mecca will be a lot like the old Mecca. They're taking all the pictures from the walls and the furniture from the dining room. They're taking that old, retro, neon sign as long as the city lets them install it at the new location. They're keeping the breakfast-all-day format but also adding dinner service. There will be short stacks for supper in East Dallas, hopefully by the end of summer.

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The city will decide if The Mecca get's to keep this popular sign.
Hurt told me the move was long overdue. Since DART came in and bought many of the surrounding businesses, the demographics of the area have been shifting. When she said that I was reminded of the image of Club Schmitz standing with its swayback roof as the tracks were built right over the dive bar. She told me the old building that has housed The Mecca for the last 44 years was getting pretty tired, too.

I asked if they were doing anything special before they shut down the old location and move to the new, but Hurt said they hadn't talked about it too much yet. She's too excited thinking ahead. Next year the restaurant will celebrate its 75th anniversary, and the new space and zoning offers exciting opportunities. "We're going to have a street party," Hurt told me, and her enthusiasm poured through the phone.

Location Info

Mecca Restaurant - CLOSED

5815 Live Oak St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Beerme
Beerme

I'm also in NW dallas. There is plenty of room, and options. Go further west and south towards all of the new construction around the medical center. Go give the pancake house a run for its money at NW hwy and Midway. I hadn't heard this news, overall pretty shitty.

Sam
Sam

But East Dallas is one of the few places inside LBJ with excellent schools. North Dallas also has some, but doesn't have a little town center like Lakewood.

Beerme
Beerme

Christ, everything inside of 635 will be hot in the next 10 years, cmon. 

joeat
joeat

I have been eating at the Mecca for 60 plus years when they were at the north, east corner of Mockingbird and Denton which was taken over by Love Field for a new parallel north, south runway forcing  them to move to Hairy Hines. Many years later, I moved my office out on Hairy Hines and started eating there again almost every lunch.Back then, it was owned by Francis who ran the floor and her husband Roy who ran the register.  I will be checking out the new location with great excitement.

Jeff
Jeff

I'm looking forward to the move in that I live very nearby. We have a couple of diners in the area, - John's and Gold Rush. And while I think their food is good, I never really jelled with the atmosphere of either. So looking forward to having a quick stop place. Miss Molly's thought.....

why not a pub?
why not a pub?

Why, oh why, does someone not open a family style pub, like the Tipp?  I considered Molly Maguire's to be a bad fit for the area, giving the erm, attractive, waitresses.  Sure, there's a lot of single young folks in the area, but about an even split with families, so a pub is perfect.  Not to mention the existing decor, which I heard cost some astronomical sum.  Are they using that stuff for a diner?  If so, wierd.  If not, what a shame.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall

This is a bigger event than any of the nonsense involving the Nasher and the richfolks highrise......

Catte
Catte

Mixed feelings. The current location is just a short drive from my office, and the Mecca has been a "go to" to take visitors and guests (especially out of towners) - not to mention our own worker bee selves. The new location is pretty convenient to my home neighborhood, which doesn't help me much for lunch but has prospects for week-end breakfast - and even better that dinners are in the plan. Overall, I think they are selling their souls though. The atmosphere there lately has been a bit "we've been featured on TV as a local dive" pretentious. Whatever the current location's residential demographics, I have a hard time imagining the new spot is going to draw the same ecelctic clientele of blue collar trades people, professionals, and public servants.

Bigjim9558
Bigjim9558

been eating their for over 40 years.  and always walked out a little happier and fatter than when i walked in! big jim

Willie
Willie

Two minutes away...how nice.  This might make up for the loss of Dan's Lakewood Cafe.  Now if they were to stay open after the bars closed I might pee all over myself.

todd
todd

Something else that East Dallas gets to claim as their own.  

Norman Alston
Norman Alston

"Breakfast Wars" is breaking out in East Dallas.

adkim
adkim

breakfast wars?  breakfast sucks oh-so-bad in this part of dallas.  besides the libertine's brunch, there are no noteworthy breakfast spots besides crossorads which is way too far north to consider.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

bad in some ways, but good in others. East Dallas needs a diner

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

 they're shooting for August, but you know how those things go. I'll drop another blog post when we get closer, so stay tuned.

Mark
Mark

Holy shit, I've got some work to do.

T. Erickson
T. Erickson

That's sad news for those of us who live in Northwest Dallas and have spent our money at Mecca for many years. Guess you have to go where the best demographics are.

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