by Steven Doyle
photo by Robert Bostick
Crave met up with Fernando Luna Jr. today for an exclusive interview and found out the family that operates the 86 year old tortilla factory, and makes some of the best tamales the city has to offer, will now open their own restaurant just a few yards away from the tortilla factory at 8424 Harry Hines.
“We have been thinking about opening a restaurant for some time and under our current agreement we really couldn’t make anything except to-go items at Luna’s,” said Luna. The owner of Dunston’s Steakhouse also is the landlord for Luna’s Tortilla Factory.
“This is our year for expansion. We plan on opening this first location in about 3 weeks and depending on how things work out we will be scouting out more locations around the city,” continued Luna.
The executive chef will be Fernando Sr., using his family recipes. There will be a certain amount of Tex Mex on the menu, but they will also feature some items lacking in the city of Dallas, like beef or pork guisos and house-made moles. They will also feature their family’s fresh tortillas and tamales. The Brookhollow restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner, but the Luna’s see this location as more of a lunch spot. It will also be BYOB for now.
The younger Luna also stated that the family might consider 6 or 7 restaurants in the Dallas area and is currently looking at one of the spaces at Love Field. You can taste some of the family’s recipes next week at Savor Dallas 2011.
More on the new Luna’s Restaurant Brookhollow to follow.