After nearly 14 years, the Mattito's restaurant in Uptown is packing up and heading to a possibly iffy new location: the Centrum building at Cedar Springs Road and Oak Lawn Avenue. The Tex-Mexery will go into the space that was previously Silver Fox Steakhouse, and, once upon a time, Star Canyon. A building permit sign is up on the door at the space.
A spokesperson from the restaurant confirmed the move, saying that it was scheduled to take place in October or November. "The owner of the current location wants to build something different here," she said.
That something different would be a residential project being built by Alamo Manhattan called Routh Street Flats, right around the corner from another development by the same company at 3003 Carlisle St.
Located one block from the Katy Trail, Routh Street Flats — no relation to Rascal Flatts — will be a five-story building with 208 units.
As for Mattito's, this represents a return to Oak Lawn, where it first started, at 4311 Oak Lawn Ave., at the corner of Herschel.
The Centrum building hasn't been the greatest site for restaurants, with a string of closures that include Silver Fox, Manuel's and, before that, Bengal Coast. But Steel has persevered.
Parking is often cited as the problem, but some customers at the Mattito's on Routh Street complained about parking there. Perhaps Mattito's can fight the Centrum jinx.
There are three other Mattito's: in Frisco, Las Colinas and on Forest Lane in Dallas.