The good news is, El Corazon de Tejas is reopening.
The bad news: Its new location is in McKinney.
Culture Map Dallas reports that the restaurant is moving to the building, at 1222 N. Central Expressway, which used to house El Chico.
The 77-year-old building that housed the original Corazon was torn down earlier this year to make way for a CVS store.
More desirable developers were “scared off,” the online publication reports, by “a wave of Oak Cliff frenzy-mania,” including a Facebook post from City Councilman Scott Griggs alerting neighbors that a demolition permit had been pulled for the old building. In other words, CVS was the only buyer because Oak Cliff neighbors are so reactionary that it scared off everyone else.
El Corazon owner John Cuellar told the publication:
I’m sorry people felt mistreated because that was not our intent. We were part of Oak Cliff for many decades before all this, and I have many friends in Oak Cliff that I’ve known my entire life.
The new Corazon restaurant will employ some of the same workers from the Oak Cliff location, he says.
The McKinney location could open in September.
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