El Corazon blames Oak Cliff for closure, moves to McKinney

The good news is, El Corazon de Tejas is reopening.

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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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  • Agreed, what you described is what I mean by “Main Stream Affluent Educated Culture”. I apologize if it came across as residents.

  • Before it was Corazon de Tejas it was Tejanos. Before it was Tejanos it was El Chico. The people that owned the building are the El Chico family, the Cuellars. Why is it so crazy that they open the restaurant some place where they own the property?

    I loved the building. I had a lot of great memories there. I loved the art deco meets Mexico look. I love Tex-Mex. I’m going to miss the place but I’m excited about the rebirth of Oak Cliff.

    Somethings change through time, but some things never change. I love Oak Cliff.

  • First, there are a lot of ‘affluent, educated’ old residents, too.
    I’ve been here for decades, lived in the same house, and my neighbors now have little to no social interaction with me at all. If I speak first, they speak. If I offer something to them or help them, they thank me. They never offer to help me and they never offer to have any social interaction with me unless I am the first to initiate it. It makes me miss my old neighbors, who were actually ‘neighbors’.
    I hate going to Bishop Arts, even though it isn’t that far from me, because it’s become so clique-ish. I used to go down there long before it was ‘the’ place to be and there was a wonderful atmosphere, inviting places to eat and a few places to shop, but never did I feel out of place or unaccepted. Not so much anymore.
    I’ve always loved OC and loved that I’ve lived here. I hate what it’s becoming and I hate that too many people who have lived here for so long feel exactly as I do.

  • I can’t believe the comments are going shift blame and knock on a long time business for reaping the benefits of Gentrification. They grew minority wealth off of the main stream affluent educated culture. The appraised land value in…
    2002 was $75,000
    2010 was $105,000,
    2014 was $150,000,
    2015 was $230,000,
    2016 was $300,000,
    2017 was $600,000

    I think what happened here was the Oak Cliff Mania focused on saving the building and not the people in it.

    This should teach us something. How much integration and dialogue is really happening between the affluent educated new residents and the folks who have been here for decades? Are we really just going to turn against them when they decide to leave or are we going to take the time to learn from them and grow from it?

    This crap really makes me want to leave this place and move to McKinney with them.

  • Food was mediocre on a good day. No loss to the community.. we have too many mediocre restaurants as it is.

  • That’s a hella drive for the folks who were used to working in the Cliff. Are they going to be taking the red line up there?

    Not seeing where they blame Oak Cliff on this. Are they blaming the landlord? To say “More desirable developers” implies there was always an intent to sell, just not necessarily to CVS. Even the linked article says they were doing well, despite construction. Who’s really being blamed?

  • Dear God! The worst mexican restaurant in Texas moves to the suburbs! Let’s throw a hissy fit because… OC!? If Advocate OC was not going to pay the owner of the old property for the upkeep of the old old property, GTH.

  • where does it say El Corzaon doesn’t want anything to do with OC? Nice non-reporting.

  • Was it El Corazon de Tejas that sold the landmark property? Oak Cliff people supported El Corazon de Tejas, and now they don’t want to have anything to do with Oak Cliff. Adios, El Corazon de Tejas, don’t let the screen door hit your backside. Many more GOOD Mexican restaurants around.

  • Aside from getting the location wrong – it’s not on Spring Valley Road – you’re sinking pretty low with this headline. Come on, Advocate, you guys are better than this. This isn’t even English: “is moving to building, on Spring Valley Road, that used to house El Chico.”

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