More exciting Greenville Avenue momentum comes in the form of Palapas Seafood Bar, a new restaurant set to open in a historic location: the former home of Dallas Tortilla and Tamale Factory. A local institution, Dallas Tortilla and Tamale Factory had been in that space at 1418 Greenville Ave. for more than 50 years.
As Palapas, it will have seafood, a patio and the eponymous palapas – those tropical-looking open dwellings topped with thatched dried palm leaves, facing right onto Greenville Avenue.
The restaurant comes from Tim Goza, who owns a furniture company, and will feature former Komali chef Luis Medina. The menu has not been finalized, but you can expect shrimp, snapper and ceviche, plus cocktails and beer.
"The idea for the restaurant was born on the coast of the Sinaloa state in Mexico, the world's capital of shrimp," says spokeswoman Elizabeth Ruiz. "Mr. Goza wanted to bring the flavors and aromas from the northwestern part of Mexico to Dallas."
The space is still in the middle of a careful overhaul by partner Marcelino Beltran, who is working conscientiously to utilize the great bones of this historic building. He and his crew are painstakingly pulling away walls and paint to reveal beautiful original brick and tile, which they're enhancing with galvanized metal panels and boardwalk-style light fixtures.
Everything is being done by hand, including the construction of an inlaid cedar panel over the sweeping wooden bar.
Overall, the space is less than 2,000 square feet, so Beltran has plotted the floor plan judiciously, by incorporating the patio into the basic design. Although the construction is still in process, they're planning a mid-November opening.
"We're going to get a lot done over the next two weeks," Ruiz says.