Lombardi abandons former El Padrino space in Bishop Arts

Not coming ever: Mercantile and the Dog House
Not coming ever: Mercantile and the Dog House

Oak Cliff lost a beloved neighborhood taquería with a 20-year history in the neighborhood last year in favor of an undercooked idea from the scion of a Dallas restaurateur. Now, it turns out, we get nothing but empty real estate.

El Padrino, the taco stand in Bishop Arts, lost its lease to Sarah Lombardi, daughter of restaurateur Alberto Lombardi, in November. The younger Lombardi had planned to open a restaurant called Mercantile, serving hotdogs and frozen custard.

Eater Dallas today reports that Lombardi has abandoned Mercantile. “A combination of budgets and costs associated with retrofitting and renovating a historic structure was the basis for the decision,” Lombardi concepts told the online publication.

It is too late to bring back El Padrino. The restaurant already has moved on and reopened in Pleasant Grove.

“It is very unfortunate that Ms. Lombardi was not able to continue her project in Oak Cliff,” says El Padrino managing partner Juan Contreras. “I wish her the best of luck on her future endeavors. As for El Padrino, we will continue business as usual.”


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  • Allison Gordon

    CrackerDaddy and lakewoodhobo put it best. Seeing my hometown neighborhood become the “in” place to be is bittersweet at best and that’s being very generous….

  • toklas69

    Dear Oak Cliff/Bishop Arts Districts: Welcome to commercial developement…

  • lakewoodhobo

    Amazing. This is the same type of attitude that in the 1980s destroyed downtown’s historic buildings and left us with a sea of parking lots. Go back to Highland Park to play with daddy’s money, little girl. Stay away from Oak Cliff.

  • I so miss El Padrino, its so tough to start something new now. The city code Gesatopo gets worse and worse.

  • CrackerDaddy

    This crap is going to continue as the Park Cities/North Dallas crowd moves into North Oak Cliff and displaces our merchants. So, support our local North Oak Cliff businesses and shun the carpetbaggers. IJS

  • Cynthia Mulcahy

    Lame-O.

  • RCfromOC

    Sarah Lombardi would be well advised to never set foot in North Oak Cliff ever again.