Bishop Arts District getting new restaurant

A Tex-Mex restaurant is coming to the old Grill 400 spot at Bishop and Davis. Casa Blanca, a Tex-Mex restaurant, is expected to open around Aug. 1, said owner Gina Lara. Lara closed her original Casa Blanca restaurant in March, after one year on Lemmon Avenue.

"We got lucky," she said of leasing the new space. She knew she wanted something in the Bishop Arts District, and on the day she decided to take a drive around Oak Cliff to check out the prospects, she found it. "I’m really happy with this place," she said. "It feels so homey."

Lara is related to the Rodriguez family, which owns the M Crowd Restaurant Group, and worked for years in their restaurants, including Mi Cocina. Her menu will include Tex-Mex standards such as fajitas and enchiladas, plus seafood dishes and her specialty, jalapeno pork chops.

By |2009-07-02T12:01:00-05:00July 2nd, 2009|News, Restaurants|7 Comments

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  1. condogirl August 25, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    I’m excited about Casa Blanca! However the spray painted sign on the building looks a little tacky.

  2. dgreen August 25, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    I drove by Casa Blanca’s future home but couldn’t find parking anywhere near. The sign on the door said “Parking Available at La Familia Market” but that’s now Cafe Brazil I believe. My elderly father (90 yrs. old) is usually with me and he can’t walk far — is there anything close by? The very few spots next door all say “no parking.”

  3. LuckyLady August 25, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    This is definately great news I loved visiting her first restaurant Gina is fabulous my favorite plate was the Rib Eye Tacos I look forward to her arrival in the Bishop Arts area when I visited her old location I always felt at home and part of the family

  4. CYNTHIA August 25, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    I am so excited, I was a regular at her first location on Lemmon Ave loved those Jalapeno Porkchops as well as the Sunset Fajitas not to mention the fabulous Margaritas, A Great Tex Mex Rest is so needed in the Bishop Arts-Oak Cliff area can’t wait to see the open sign lit I will be one of their first customers, Congratulations to Gina!!

  5. Frank August 25, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    The Greek place on Bishop is called Greek Cafe and Bakery. They have another location in Duncanville, and it seems to be very popular. Food’s delicious, and the family running the place is very nice and accommodating. Also, the location in Duncanville delivers with minimum purchase.

    More info here: http://www.greekcafeandbakery.com/

  6. RStone August 25, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    Trying to nail that one down. I heard a rumor, but having a hard time verifying anything.

  7. ericthegardener August 25, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    It also looks like there is a new Greek place opening in Bishop Arts, next to the sneaker store. Know anything about that?

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