Americado, the ambitious Berry Street “food hall” that opened in March, announced Monday night on Facebook that it will close after service Sunday.
A representative for Americado, a Mexican restaurant modeled after similar concepts in Mexico City, told the Star-Telegram that funds have run out and that the owners were unable to get the landlord to lower the rent.
In the Facebook post, the restaurant apologized to people who planned holiday events and parties after Sunday, saying that it will not be able to serve them.
Americado, on the ground floor of a large, two-story building just west of the Cleburne Road intersection with West Berry Street, had its share of growing pains in its short life.
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When it opened as a food hall in March, it had several stations offering separate menus of rotisserie chicken, tacos, enchiladas, seafood, drinks and coffees. If you wanted, say, a chicken dish and a seafood dish, you had to stand in different lines for them.
“If there was ever a restaurant in need of a know-before-you-go guide, it’s Americado Mexi-Food Hall,” Malcolm Mayhew wrote in his Star-Telegram review. “First thing you need to know: This is no ordinary Mexican restaurant.”
Mayhew complimented the food but noted that the ordering concept was confusing: “The fast-casual restaurant is divided into five stations, three offering food, two drinks. For chicken, you go to the right. Fish, back left. Tacos, here. Horchata there.”
The ordering system was eventually consolidated so that diners could do all their ordering at one station, and then things became even easier as table service was added throughout the day.
The restaurant was also noteworthy for its patio, which managed to be serene despite being a short walk away from railroad tracks and a busy intersection.
Coeval Studio, designers of Dallas’ Stirr, Cedar Grove, Street’s Fine Chicken and more, had a hand in designing Americado, which in its previous incarnation was an auto-repair garage at 2000 W. Berry St. The firm is also behind La Zona, a Spanish tapas restaurant scheduled to open at 1264 W. Magnolia Ave. in Fort Worth.
The culinary team behind Americado is also involved with La Zona, and a representative tells the Star-Telegram that there are still plans to open La Zona, although funds are tight.
In its Facebook post, Americado encourages its fans to drop by this week.
“We would love to see you all again and fill your bellies one last time,” the post says. “Or two.”
This report includes material from Star-Telegram archives.