Blue Mesa Grill, the DFW southwestern-food chain, has closed its Arlington location, according to a statement reposted on Twitter by Star-Telegram Eats Beat columnist Bud Kennedy.
""We are sad to leave this location and our loyal customers there," founder/CEO Jim Baron says in the statement about the Lincoln Square location, which had been open for five years, "but did not foresee any improvement in our in-restaurant lunch and dinner business."
The Fort Worth location remains open.
Blue Mesa has four other locations that remain open, including its flagship location at Fifth and Carroll streets in Fort Worth, a couple of blocks north of West Seventh Street and just west of Montgomery Plaza.
A Southlake location of Blue Mesa Cafe, a smaller concept than Blue Mesa Grill, closed about six or seven years ago. (Corrected from original version of this post.)
But the Fort Worth location is doing great, the statement says.
"As a leading restaurant caterer in North Texas, our Arlington party and event business is thriving and where we see our future growth," Baron says in the statement. "Our new flagship Blue Mesa Grill and 5th & Carroll Events Center in Fort Worth (are) more than able to provide the catering services for the Arlington community."
Blue Mesa Fort Worth moved to 612 Carroll St. in 2015, after leaving its long-running location in University Park Village in Fort Worth. The new location is an impressive two-story, 16,000-square-foot space with dining downstairs and a banquet and corporate-events hall upstairs.
UPDATE: In an email, Baron says that every employee at Blue Mesa Arlington has been offered a job at one of his other restaurants, which include TNT Tacos and Tequila in the Quadrangle (2800 Routh St., Suite 155) in Dallas.
"We really gave it the college try, but it probably was not the right location for us," Baron wrote. "A simpler lower price menu and more of a bar atmosphere makes more sense but that’s not who we are."