Homey Dallas restaurant Cisco Grill in Snider Plaza closes after 36 years
A neighborhood restaurant in the precious Park Cities has closed after 36 years: Cisco Grill, which served unpretentious, affordable food at 6630 Snider Plaza, closed on October 22.
Owner Erik Dean said in a statement that the restaurant was closing permanently and offered thanks to loyal customers for their support over the 36 years.
Dean was busy chatting with suppliers and unavailable to respond to a request for comment.
Cisco Grill was previously owned by husband-and-wife Marc and Susan Hall, who also owned other Snider Plaza restaurants, including Peggy Sue BBQ (which they sold in 2020; it's now home to Douglas Bar and Grill). They got out of the restaurant business and sold Cisco Grill to Dean, their friend and the restaurant's longtime manager.
The restaurant was beloved by local families, senior citizens, and neighborhood old-timers for its wholesome, better-than-homemade dishes like grilled redfish served with steamed broccoli and rice. The tortilla soup was a particular favorite, and it had homestyle desserts including pies.
Many of the dishes served were from family recipes such as the pies baked by Marc's mother Carolyn, according to a 2011 story in the Dallas Morning News.
Snider Plaza is experiencing a big overhaul, with the "Snider Plaza" building right next door to Cisco Grill razed in 2022 to make way for a new building dedicated to more restaurants.
A restaurant called Zest Cafe opened in September in the former Sebastian's space, and there are big openings to come including Jack & Harry's, a steakhouse with NOLA flair from Vandelay Hospitality Group plus two more VHG concepts: New York City import Bar Sardine and Montecito’s, an Italian restaurant starring chef Kashawn Cruell, opening in 2024.
In response to the news of Cisco Grill's closure, customers sang its praise. "It wasn't just a restaurant, it was home-like, festive and warm," said one.
"We grew up walking to Cisco for a family dinner and have probably been eating at your place since you opened - your tortilla soup is one of the things I crave," said another.
"You will be missed!" one ardent fan exlcaimed. "We will miss your delicious baked potato soup, grilled chicken sandwich with crispy French fries, and all the rest of your delicious food, plus your welcoming atmosphere. Your waiters and waitresses couldn’t be beat."
"There are a lot of disappointed seniors out here in the neighborhood that liked to have their dinner and relax with a glass of wine," one person observed.
One decried the big loss for locals. "Our neighborhood has lost a treasure for sure as a kid who grew up in the Park Cities, this saddens me! First Peggy Sue’s & now y’all," the comment said.
"Thank you for feeding us -- body and soul. I know a lot of regulars like me will be equally as sad," one commenter said.