El Padrino in Bishop Arts to close in November

El Padrino, the 20-year-old taco stand in the Bishop Arts District, will close in November to make way for a new restaurant from Sarah Lombardi.

Juan Contreras, managing partner of El Padrino, says he hopes to find a new location in Bishop Arts.

“We’ve been there for so long that we would like to stay there, obviously, and hopefully we’ll find something,” he says.

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Taco Trail reports that Sarah Lombardi, daughter of restaurateur Alberto Lombardi, is opening a new restaurant in the Oak Cliff Mercantile building. The El Padrino building will “anchor a beer garden,” for that restaurant, according to the taco blog. Sounds cool.

Contreras’ father opened El Padrino on Jefferson 22 years ago and expanded with the Bishop Arts taco stand a couple of years later. The original El Padrino enjoys a loyal following of generational customers, Contreras says.

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