Lombardi Family Displaces Taqueria Stand for New Concept, Then Changes Their Mind

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Coming not so soon, actually.
Last July, Sarah Lombardi, daughter of Alberto Lombardi, who's behind a seemingly endless array of Dallas restaurants, announced she was getting into the business too. Sarah signed a lease in Bishop Arts and planned to open a space distinctly her own and separate from the family business. Look at this happy picture of Sarah and her boyfriend celebrating their recently signed lease.

José Ralat-Maldonado of the Taco Trail was quick to jump on the news -- not because Sarah's concept promised freshly toasted tortillas and crisp carnitas but because the new concept displaced one of his favorite taquerias. El Padrino Mexican Grill's little taco stand was gobbled up in the lease, and owner Juan Contreras would have to find a new space.

Now it looks like Contreras' relocation was needless.

Yesterday, buried at the bottom of a lengthy press release detailing a sushi concept that's been added to Bistro 31 in Highland Park Village (a special roll includes tempura bacon!) was news that the concept had been scrapped. From the release ...

As construction progressed on the Mercantile, a restaurant in the Bishop Arts District to be developed by Sarah Lombardi, a decision was made to cancel the plans to open the concept. A combination of budgets and costs associated with retrofitting and renovating a historic structure was the basis for the decision.

Meanwhile Contreras has been dutifully relocating the old stand, completing a new build-out, filing for a whole new round of permits and preparing to court a new customer base way out in Pleasant Grove. The new place is finally open and despite the displacement, Contreras hold no grudges. "It is very unfortunate that Ms. Lombardi was not able to continue her project in Oak Cliff," said Conteras. "I wish her the best of luck on her future endeavors."



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mann2c55
mann2c55

Senor Conteras was way too polite, when it's so much easier to say F U Beeatch.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

Gee daddy, I want a restaurant too! Please, daddy?

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

why do Italians think they can cook better than everybody/anybody? huh?

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

I think she should have asked for a little hope from Dad. Pretty wild they took down the property, started construction, and then decided to drop the project.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Pete Rose......hall of fame? 

post Peter Gabriel Genesis.........listenable?

smoked pasta.....too much?

what's MOST you guys have "ever done"?  I once had a fat girl throw my ass down a flight of stairs cause I wouldn't "git er done". 


primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Pete Rose in the HOF, not likely and not missed. Besides breaking the single baseball carnal sin (gambling), he is a well known practitioner of assholery (Ray Fosse).

Peter G and Genisis, no thank you. Same for Phil.

Smoked pasta? Is there such a thing? I have never encountered it in real life, from a 3D printer, or in any of the many italian cookbooks I have lying around. Is it good? Is it Italian?

No, I have not been thrown down the stairs by an intolerant girlfriend. I did have one who would slap me pretty hard if she thought I was flagging in my duties and risking her from not gettin' 'er done.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

One of my few remaining vivid memories is my first year in a college dorm. I was a rocker, my neighbor liked and played bluegrass, my other neighbor was a deadhead, and the rest of the floor was really into Genesis and Led Zep. It was almost like an ethnicity: Genesis/Yes/LZ/ versus Stones/Who/Neil Young; Oaxaca vs Colombia; Coor's vs Strohs vs Olympia.

I don't know why I never came back to check out Gabriel and Genesis. He is extremely talented but for me it was just times and timing.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Now you have caught my curiosity. Do you smoke the pasta after it has been boiled, or before.? How do you keep it from drying out?

TJ's just posted a smoked oyster recipe using a gravity bong, but I didn't understand it and found it hard to believe a glass full of cold smoke will smoke an oyster or anything else.

Kerg's, you may have a trend going.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@primi_timpano 

-early Genesis is Prog rock genius.......a wee bit too much noodling, but very nice.

-smoked pasta is an "old hearth" recipe that I picked up when I was a kid......it is divine.

ps-I once worked at a noted BBQ place, and stuck a pan of penne in the pit, for like 2 hours, and that shite was TREMENDOUS. 

-goes well with:

-any fresh basil dip, french bread, and a nice Bruschetta. I recommend a nice basic red sauce-no chunks with plenty of cheap cabernet and fajita spice-yum. 

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