Las Colinas Restaurant Closure

Margarita Ranch in Irving has served its last fajita

Margarita Ranch in Irving has served its last fajita

Irving residents have one less lunch option today with the shuttering of Tex-Mex restaurant Margarita Ranch, which has been locked out for non-payment of rent.

The restaurant sports a shame-inducing lock-out sign on its front door, and a spokesman for the landlord confirmed that it was closed as of last week.

Margarita Ranch began its life at Mockingbird Station in 2001, in the space now occupied by Cafe Herrera, before moving to the suburbs of Irving in 2012. The Las Colinas center it occupied has other restaurants, such as Palio's Pizza Cafe.

An employee at a nearby business speculated that Margarita Ranch was not helped by the fact that its front door was hidden from the main drag.

Margarita Ranch owner Michael Morris was unavailable for comment. He has a long history in Dallas as a club-restaurant operator, dating back to the heyday of Deep Ellum, including Twenty Eight Twenty Six, One, Buffalo Club, Seven, Martini Ranch and Margarita Ranch.

The restaurant's last gasp was a post on Facebook on January 15, touting its Groupon. You know that is dire straits.

Margarita Ranch restaurant in Irving
Mararita Ranch in Irving: shuttered. Photo courtesy of Margarita Ranch