Austin-based Chuy's has set an opening date for its branch in Addison, located on Belt Line just east of Midway: March 11.
This will be the seventh area branch of the Tex-Mex chain founded in 1982. There are currently six locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, including Knox, East and West Plano, Fort Worth, Arlington, and Denton.
The landlord confirmed that Chuy's demolished the building and built a new one. Maybe that'll banish the ghosts.
Addison is right in the middle of all that. The branch takes over the old Blackfinn space, which closed in 2013 with a cloud over its head that included disgruntled employees and unpaid bills.
The space at 4440 Belt Line Rd. hasn't had great karma. In 2011, Blackfinn was sued for serving a customer who died after an accident in which her blood alcohol level was 0.26 percent.
Prior to that, it was a Landry's, which had its own landlord-tenant legal tangle. A representative for the landlord, Beltway Real Estate, confirmed that Chuy's had demolished the building and built a new one from scratch. Maybe that'll banish the ghosts.
Chuy's will be competing with just a handful of Mex and Tex-Mex places nearb,y including Lazaranda, Manny's, Blue Mesa Grill, Gloria's, Blue Goose, Cantina Laredo, El Fenix, Los Lupes and On the Border.
Chuy's did not respond to requests for a comment, but president Steve Hislop told reporters that Chuy's had big expansion plans in the Southeast market. The company went public in summer of 2012.