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Upscale Mexican restaurant on Dallas' Henderson Avenue bails after lease issue

Mexican restaurant on Dallas' Henderson Avenue bails after lease issue

Mesero Mexican restaurant in Dallas
Hasta la vista, mi enchilada y taco. Courtesy photo

The Henderson Avenue churn continues, this time with a closure of a once-buzzy Mexican restaurant.

Mesero, the Mex/Tex-Mex restaurant chain founded by Mico Rodriguez, closed its location at 2822 Henderson Ave. abruptly on August 19.

According to Eater, the "shutter" occurred over the weekend, but in a strange coincidence, I personally tried to eat there on August 18, and it was still open. #reporting

No one at the restaurant gave any indication that the restaurant was closing, but the skeleton crew and small handful of customers dining at 7 pm on a Saturday night felt like a far cry from its heyday as a cool hang.

When we decided not to stay, we stood in the courtyard in front, and a server came out to beg us to return.

According to Eater, a sign was posted on Mesero's door that mentioned issues with the lease.

"Despite ongoing efforts to achieve a reasonable lease, it is with a heavy heart that we must close our Henderson location after five years," the statement said.

The restaurant did not respond to a request for comment.

The Henderson Avenue Mesero was the first spinoff of the original Mesero on McKinney Avenue, taking over the space once occupied by the charmed Cuba Libre restaurant-bar from Tristan Simon, a lifetime ago.

Mico Rodriguez has since been ousted from the Mesero chain, although he still owns the McKinney Avenue location.

Meanwhile, Mesero locations are opening in Fort Worth at the Shops at Clearfork, and in Dallas' Victory Park.

There are also locations at Inwood Village, Prestonwood, and in Plano at the Legacy West complex.

Rodriguez founded the chain after parting ways with Mi Cocina, the other successful Tex-Mex chain he helped spawn.