A beloved Tex-Mex restaurant has made a triumphant return to the northern 'burbs: Herrera's, one of Dallas' oldest Mexican favorites, has opened a location in Addison, at 4021 Belt Line Rd., in a space that was previously a Rio Mambo's, which closed in 2018.
Herrera's debuted in late June in soft-opening mode and will celebrate its grand opening in mid-July, says manager Jorge Cardenas.
"We're just getting back in the swing of things," Cardenas says.
The restaurant has been slammed since it opened, due at least partly to the well established following it had in North Dallas for decades.
Herrera's was founded in 1971 by Amelia Herrera, who opened on Maple Drive before expanding to Denton Drive.
Her children and grandchildren have carried on the tradition. Her grandson Gil Bonifaz owns the Addison location with his mother, Cynthia; he also previously owned the Cafe Herrera's in downtown Dallas, which opened at the Omni Dallas hotel in 2015.
A separate part of the family owns another location on Sylvan Avenue.
Bonifaz opened a Herrera's at Mockingbird Station in 2013, but it closed in 2014. There've been numerous other Herrera's openings and closings by various family members, some of which are documented here.
The menu is large, with all of the Tex-Mex standards: tacos, tamales, great salsas, crispy chips. One fan calls it "like going back in time to the basic Mexican food that feeds your soul and doesn’t kill your wallet."
In the ensuing years after the Denton Drive location closed, fans still pleaded with Bonifaz to return, with comments like, "Any luck finding a new space to replace the Denton Dr. location? We miss y'all & would be there RIGHT NOW!!!"
Bonifaz called the opening unexpectedly emotional, stating that it was much busier than expected.