Hacienda on Henderson Has Closed

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Hacienda on Henderson
Open in 2009, closed in 2014
Hacienda on Henderson, a staple on Henderson Avenue for five years, shuttered over the weekend. CultureMap broke the story.

When Hacienda opened across the street from Capitol Pub in 2009, our food critic at the time noted it had mediocre food, bad service and a great, but very empty patio. He gave them a small window of time to get things right.

Either they did, or we were wrong, because Hacienda became the go-to Tex-Mex joint on Henderson Ave., and the restaurant lasted almost five years thanks to good happy hour specials and a vegan menu.

The sources in our brain say it will be replaced by an upscale burger restaurant.

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thegoodstuff
thegoodstuff

I'm sure the rent had a lot to do with it, but if you are providing  a good product to your customers they will adjust to new pricing so that you may adjust to your new rent. The food was 3 on a scale of 1-10 and the service  was a 2 at most.  The Kitchen plated food like it was a prison slop line and the severs all looked like they just rolled out of bed and  they provided terrible service.  Servers you are responsible for how the food looks when it comes out, you are getting the tip! If the cook hands you a plate that looks less than perfect tell them to try again. If you are serving a plate that looks less than perfect you are in the wrong line of work. 

I have heard from a dozen people the food was bad or just eh there...  Scenario: A group of 5 people want to hit Happy hour one of those people have been served the prison slop dish, he or she informs the group of the prison slop dish, the group will all now associate your restaurant with prison slop dish... This is because your server was to lazy or to scared to inform the cook he is no longer serving food in prison so step it up.   I'll bet when break time came for the cooks and servers at this place and they ordered of the menu is was perfection.   An owner has to step in at  some point and fire the staff and start fresh to get results.   

-- On another note The restaurant Vapianos that was in Mockingbird station and shut down a couple years back was run by an Idiot by the name of Tim Mcallum... This guy is a douche bag that had a great theme restaurant and ran in the toilet. It has nothing to do with Hacienda, but any chance I can get to throw Tim The Douche bag Mcallum under the bus it's a pleasure. 

TexMarine
TexMarine

Can we get some Indian food on Henderson already? No more burgers, no more sub par tex mex, please!

gordonhilgers
gordonhilgers

Went to La Hacienda--once.  Actually, hung-out in the parking lot and chatted with a couple of human beings. 

Quite the coupe, that hang-out.  Across from The Capitol Pub?  Really?  This person is thinking maybe it is high-time to give The New Times carp machine the frontal lobotomy it has needed all along.  Phoenix.  Arizona.  Haven't even seen the bird burn yet.  The "arid zone". 

Describes "alternative" journalism to a "T"; as in Ernest T. Bass.  Goober's best friend forever. 

DewayneNRerun
DewayneNRerun

Not surprised it closed. It seemed like fewer and fewer people were going there whenever I'd stop in. It was just a matter of time.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

upscale burger restaurant??? I'm not calling Jakes upscale but putting another burger place next to a burger place seems stupid

mdd0124
mdd0124

Burger joint? I'm thinking Steakhouse. It's like Dallas has NO good steakhouses. -_-

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

Just another example of an small business owner with slim margins deciding to close their doors instead of part-timing most employees and dealing with the new Obama-Care rules and regulations. Just give your thanks to good ole' Barry Obama the savior of the "Middle Class" and expander of the poverty ranks.

J_A_
J_A_ topcommenter

How about a cheese and wine/beer place? That would be awesome.

DeepEllumMafia
DeepEllumMafia

Vegan and Mexican does not mix.... Or at least it shouldn't! Well... I forgot, this is not Mexican. It is Tex-Mex. Blah! Now Cuquitas.... That place was Rad! And hipster free!!!

joybyrd
joybyrd

Clearly someone loved Hacienda.  I tried it once and wanted to love it, but I didn't get it personally.  But ANOTHER burger place?  Ba-humbug!

tomhoop
tomhoop

First, force all the retail from the street by raising rents, and then the older food and bars are having their leases raised to unsustainable levels. and they close and are replaced by Corporations with some type of formula that attracts investors who know nothing about the food business. Such is progress. Pearl Cup is a good example. 

soopnan
soopnan

Stop with the burgers already. Did they not notice that Tried and True already tried and failed!?! Nobody wanted the $15 burger over the $5 burger across the street.

MelodyH1
MelodyH1

Yeah, we need more burger joints like we need a hole in our heads.

pnd2131
pnd2131

Don't put in an "upscale burger" place, that's totally lame. Upscale and Burger should never be used in the same sentence. We have enough snobby/douchebag places already and don't need another one.

MelodyH1
MelodyH1

bummer...I loved that place.  I hope the are able to reopen soon.


ohboyohgirlclothing
ohboyohgirlclothing

Upscale burgers....when you are a few steps from a good burger at jakes...and Capitol pub also has great food. mmmmm..

Dutch
Dutch

cue someone complaining about greedy landlords in 3....2.....1.....

gordonhilgers
gordonhilgers

Of course, I could be wrong.  Perhaps "Lauren Smart" is merely sending Dallas townies a "secret message" from the Mexican House of Representatives--possibly something about all those drunken legislators way down South of the cotton-picking border. 

Who knows?  Surely I don't.  Maybe you do.  I'm not waiting for an answer.  Are you? 

Try Taco Bell.  It might be merely a meal for those faster than a speeding bullet, but at least it's still across from Target, the one just just east of where Lemmon hits Central Expressway, also known as "Interstate 1945", not that far north of the ever-so-loving Rosewood projects and the elementary school. 

becoolerifyoudid
becoolerifyoudid

@juanmayeaux Um, they didn't have anywhere close to 50 employees and even if they did it would be a year before that took effect for businesses. 


The simpler, more likely story, that doesn't have a political bent is that an owner was stretched thin and had a revolving door of a staff due to his own lack of civility in dealing with them.  Ultimately, it was easier to pack up than continue. 

Daniel
Daniel

@juanmayeaux  Um, pretty sure their landlord priced them out -- same as happened to Cafe San Miguel and Pearl Cup. Keep trying, though. You're building up more and more credibility each time. In fact, I heard on Fox News that Republicans will win in the next couple of election cycles by a landslide!

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@JaniceA  Isn't that too close to what Veritas does just across the street?

gordonhilgers
gordonhilgers

And moi?  Kicking back like any old simpleton, intently watching the movers and the movies while waiting for "The Hobbit" to hit either Showtime or at least pay-per-view. 

I love hanging-out watching all those luxury autos rolling on faux-rubber tires, the Big Wheels most likely thinking they're The Man From U.N.C.L.E. while listening to Sam the Sham's "Wooly Bully", a pop hit from, like, 50 years ago...

Nope.  Don't eat-out too much.  My journalism is a freebee for plastic Frisbees that really do glow in the dark. 

becoolerifyoudid
becoolerifyoudid

@Daniel Do you know if that is indeed what happened or is this just an educated guess?  Just wondering.  I know they were starting to have staffing issues.  Of course if they opened July 2009, they probably signed the lease sooner so the 5 year mark of death/lease renewal would be fast approaching.

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