If it's a new month, that means the rent is due. In the restaurant world, that sometimes means closures, and with February here, a casualty has emerged: Hacienda on Henderson, the casual Tex-Mex restaurant with the exuberant patio overlooking Henderson Avenue, shut down abruptly over the weekend.
The owner could not be reached, but the restaurant's phone number is disconnected, and a former employee confirmed that the restaurant had shut down without notice. The landlord also confirmed the closure.
As recently as January 30, the restaurant's Facebook page was still posting updates inviting customers to stop by for Super Bowl on Sunday or place an order a party platter. On January 21, singer Miranda Lambert ate there for lunch.
The Hacienda was opened by Patrick Tetrick, Chris Faulkner and Miles Zuniga in July 2009. It took over what was the beloved Cuquita's space with the intent to pick up where Cuquita's left off, with happy-hour drink specials and late-night hours. In August 2013, Mico Rodriguez opened Mesero Miguel, a spinoff of his Mex-Tex-Mex restaurant Mr Mesero, up the street in the old Alma spot.
Zuniga, who could not be reached for comment, is a longtime operator on Henderson who also owns the Slip Inn and Vickery Park.
Hacienda found a new audience in the past year with Dallas' vegan community by hosting vegan happy hour nights and offering a special vegan menu. Apparently that was not enough.