Downtown Closure

Downtown Dallas restaurant reopens after landlord lockout

Downtown Dallas restaurant reopens after landlord lockout

Sol Irlandes Quesadillas
For a short time, you could not have these quesadillas. Website/Sol Irlandes

UPDATE: Sol Irlandes reopened in time for dinner service on March 16.

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A downtown Dallas restaurant with a rocky recent history has been closed by the landlord. The restaurant is Sol Irlandes, the Mexican place at Stone Place Mall, the center on Main Street across from the Joule Dallas hotel.

Late on March 15, the restaurant was locked out by Stone Place Mall Investors, the landlord, who posted a closure sign on the door. On March 16, furniture was being cleaned out of the restaurant and a sheriff was on site.

Owner Tom McGill was unavailable for comment, but a spokeperson for the restaurant said that they would not be open until futher notice, citing "issues with the landlord."

The closure seemed unanticipated, since the restaurant's Facebook page posted an update on March 16 at 12 noon, advertising a St. Patrick's Day-themed event happening the same evening. McGill is from Ireland.

Oddly, another hand-written sign posted on the door made recommendations for other places to eat.

"Closed: Please go to Campisi's or the Iron Cactus or Woolworth," the sign said. "Or try the Buffalo BBQ wrap at The Stand."

Sol Irlandes endured a similar closure in early February for nonpayment of taxes to the state of Texas. But the restaurant managed to pull it out and re-open two days later.

It was a popular hangout for the downtown residential crew, with pretty good food at a pretty good price — even despite the occasional stench of its trash on trash day. The menu was a combination of Tex-Mex staples like queso and nachos with Southern dishes like fried shrimp. Lunch included sandwiches, wraps, tacos, and burritos, all priced at around $10.