The Moreno family, who owns several locations of La Popular Tamale House, have decided to open a Mexican restaurant in East Dallas in the growing artsy district at Peak and Elm. In fact, the new restaurant will be called Peak and Elm Cocina and Bar.
The new restaurant has been under construction with great attention for detail to the existing space. The restaurant sits on what was formerly the street car line, and just across the street once housed the street cars at the end of their run through East Dallas. For this reason Jesse Moreno says he plans on bringing one of the original cars to the back patio area for private dining.
Walking out to the spacious courtyard in the back of the restaurant Moreno said, “We plan on going back to the history of the area. Just net to us we had the East Dallas Railroad Barn where all the cars were serviced, so we really want to play tribute to the neighborhood and use a lot of the original artifacts. We want to give back to the neighborhood, but also make this a destination for a lot of people outside of Dallas.”
The first order of business in the remodel of the space was stripping all the years of abuse the builsing had taken on and getting to the original tiles and walls. It is a genuinly beautiful space.
The restaurant sits in New East Dallas Elm, which is an up and coming area that will include artists, restaurants and bars. The building was formerly Victor’s Café, and just next to the café is Paper Art and 29 Pieces which is another art house which works with non-profits.
The restaurant will seat about 50 people, including a special bar area just adjacent to the kitchen. The cuisine will be Mexican American cuisine. If you were wondering what the difference is between Tex Mex and Mexican American cuisine, Moreno said it was chips and salsa. He will not be serving chips and salsa, but instead something vastly different and more authentic. As of the time we interviewed Moreno he had not completed the menu, but said that he was taking authentic flavors and adding some special touches.
The new restaurant will not be serving tamales. “We are not serving tamales by the dozen, but instead we will use the masa as a base for something like a Frito pie,” said Moreno. Be no doubt this will be Mex Mex food served with plenty of local beers and good cocktails.
The menu will not be particularly large, perhaps ten items in total. There will be a few small plates along with regular menu items. And whatever he has in mind to serve in place of chips and salsa.
Look for the Moreno family to open Peak and Elm Cocina and Bar by Early February 2013.Peak and Elm Cocina and Bar 132 Peak, Dallas