La Banqueta, East Dallas' Best Taquería, Is Closed

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When Alberto Neri spoke with the Observer earlier this summer to talk about his little taco empire, he mentioned the original location of his chain of taquerías would be closing. The space was too small, and a better spot was available right across the street, so why not move and see if he could continue to grow his business? Neri took control of the second building and started planning the move, but the delays that seem to hamper all restaurant build-outs weighed on Neri, too.

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The same parking requirements that held up the Jonathon's Oak Cliff kitchen expansion, and are currently holding up Brian Luscher's hot dog restaurant in East Dallas, caused logistical nightmares for Neri's move. The city mandates a certain amount of parking be provided for every square foot the restaurant occupies. Neri needed to expand the existing parking lot if he wanted to convert the space to a restaurant.

And then things got really complicated. If you're a taco fanatic with a penchant for La Banqueta's green sauce and you're reading this on your mobile device, you might want to sit down.

Last Monday Neri's landlord evicted him. Neri says the owner of the building found a new tenant who was ready to go on a long-term lease. What's worse, according to the famed taquero, is that the new tenant nabbed all of the location's current employees. Even though you might think taco-making might be a more simple craft, quality varied a touch across the La Banqueta chain and the Bryan Street location was one of Neri's best.

Neri is currently trying to work with a lawyer to see what his options are, but for now it appears there's been a taco uprising in East Dallas.


Location Info

Tacos La Banqueta - CLOSED

4500 Bryan St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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48 comments
Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Something isn't adding up.

You can't be evicted if you have a lease.

G_David
G_David

First Trompo Loco, then this.  I'm bummed, although the Gaston Road location is equally near to me and every bit as good.  

If the city truly gives a shit about parking, how does it let the landlord at Skillman and Live Oak keep shoving shit into the dumpy strip center that houses the dreadful Matt's?  Parking there is already a nightmare, and today I saw a sign proclaiming that Chip's is moving into the old Paperbacks Plus spot on the backside.  Stupidity.

Zeke Valdez
Zeke Valdez

their tacos have gone down anyway....

Bobtex
Bobtex

Is the "pension for La Banqueta's green sauce" like a 401(K)?  Can you retire on a green sauce pension?  How does inflation affect your retirement income?  And, finally, does this blog have an editor?

Mario Green
Mario Green

La banqueta. same tacos. diferent name. on gaston ave. on side of far west.

Nick Rallo
Nick Rallo

I felt a disturbance in the gut force last night. Should of known.

Sam Young
Sam Young

This place was completely legit, it was super upsetting driving by for lunch on Friday and seeing it closed!! Bring it back, these were some of the best Tacos in Dallas!!!

Oren Salomon
Oren Salomon

Never got the chance to try it Kenzo Baggins

Freddie Alvarado
Freddie Alvarado

El si hay is still in NOC on Davis along with the elote guy..A LETHAL COMBINATION

Tara Manning
Tara Manning

Another terrible lesson in procrastination! :( Greg Branch

Kelly Tomlinson
Kelly Tomlinson

So the landlord kicked him out of the old spot or the new spot? And I have an elegant solution to the stupido parking requirements: Bicycle racks.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

If his employees love him so much, they'll follow him to his new location.

cyncialoldbastard
cyncialoldbastard

"The same parking requirements that held up the Jonathon's Oak Cliff kitchen expansion, and are currently holding up Brian Luscher's hot dog restaurant in East Dallas, caused logistical nightmares for Neri's move."

That's Dallas.  Business friendly.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

What about the Gaston location in the Fina gas station?

dixiechickidie
dixiechickidie

Pour some Medio Litro Coca-Cola out for the tacos and that green sauce.

Nictacular
Nictacular

Damn...hostile taco takeover.

This is sad. That green sauce makes me want to punch Alice in the face.

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@Sharon_Moreanus He was in the middle of transitioning to the building across the street and the timing didn't work out. There had been "For Rent" signs up for some time.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz there is no new location...yet.  Which is why his peops probably took the job at the new place.  They most likely cannot afford to sit and wait for the city to permit the new place

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@Twinwillow I think it's the weakest in the chain, but it's still open if you're asking.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

That's why your a worker and not a owner.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

That's why your a worker and not a owner.

Have you heard the city requirement that you can only have 4 animals with shared walls?

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