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Good news, taco fans. Salsa Limón Museo II is in the works

Salsa Limón fans have reason to rejoice. Ramiro Ramirez, co-owner of Salsa, confirmed that the taco shop is heading back to Crockett Row and will open as “Museo II,” when construction is complete on Elan on Crockett Row, early next year.

Longtime favorite Salsa Limón “Museo” had to clear the way last year for new construction on University Drive, across from the Modern Art Museum in the Cultural District.

When the iconic metal-clad, streamline moderne building (formerly home to both Topsy’s and J & J Oyster Bar) was salvaged and relocated to the River District, it received an appropriate name change to Salsa Limón Distrito. But Ramirez vowed to return to the West Seventh area. “That’s our corner. We’ll be back soon,” he says. “We will be joining two or three other ground-floor tenants when the mixed-use building is complete.”

Elan at Crockett Row is a Greystar project that will include a 380-unit apartment community.

The high-density project should be complete by the first quarter of 2019. It is being designed by Houston-based architecture firm Meeks + Partners, and will include five floors of apartment units over two floors of parking, and the street level will house a mixture of both retail and restaurants. Greystar could not be reached to confirm if other tenants have already signed on to the project.

Ramirez is all about forming communities and says he looks forward to Salsa Limón being a part of the development and returning for his loyal clientele.

The goal of Elan at Crockett Row is to add to the “walkable community of the Cultural District, with the retail and plaza elements activating the street level,” says Ryan Meeks of Meeks + Partners.

Brother and sister team and owners Ramiro (Milo) and Rosalia (Ro) Ramirez opened their first Salsa Limón location in the food court of La Gran Plaza in 2006. It was followed by their popular Museo location, where they hooked hordes of taco lovers on molca bowls and agua frescas as well.

The Capitán style tacos, featuring buttered and grilled flour tortillas, are a favorite — filled with perfectly seasoned, Yucatán-style, slow-roasted pork shoulder, with a bright-orange rub made from ground achiote seeds. A squeeze of fresh lime wedge and the crunchy cabbage make it a crave-worthy meal.

Salsa Limón opened a “Universidad” location near the intersection of University and West Berry Street , across from the TCU campus, in 2015. “Centro” opened downtown on Throckmorton in November 2016, introducing an expanded bar menu. And downtown Dallas got its first taste last spring, as “Flor De Mayo” opened to rave reviews on Akard Street near the Dallas Museum of Art. Next to open: the “Maggie” location, on Magnolia Avenue.

Salsa Limón was one of the founding food trucks at the Near Southside’s annual Arts Goggle and has been at many Friday on the Green events. “We plan to introduce more vegan options. ‘Maggie’ will be all about the neighborhood, and we expect it to open in May” Ramirez says.

Until Museo II opens at Elan on Crockett Row early next year, there are plenty of other locations within a short drive, not to mention the food trucks, one of which is holding a spot lately on Morton Street, right around the corner from the future Museo II as construction continues.

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