Maíz Cocina & Tequila Bar, a Mansfield restaurant that opened Feb. 15, has already closed for business, according to a post on the Arlington Foodies Facebook page.
A comment on the post provides pictorial evidence of signs on the restaurant's doors saying "To our friends and customers: Maíz is now closed. Thank you for your business."
Star-Telegram contributor Courtney Dabney wrote a "first bite" feature/review on Maíz in April, explaining the restaurant's big-DFW-name pedigree:
"Mike McMahan owns Mac’s Bar & Grill, with its 30-plus-year history in Arlington," Dabney wrote. “ 'I’ve always wanted to open a Mexican concept,' he says, 'so when this location became available, I thought it was time to finally do it.' "
"He teamed with Chris Carroll, the founder and CEO of Spring Creek Barbeque, which has 32 locations. Carroll acquired the Mexican Inn brand as well in 1980. That’s why the new Maíz has a familiar facade — it was formerly one of Carroll’s Mexican Inn restaurants."
The chef, Rodrigo Pineda, was a former culinary instructor at the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico, and had worked in the U.S., Thailand, Mexico, Australia and Spain, according to Dabney's report. Pineda described the concept to her as "sexy Mexican cuisine.”
Dabney praised the food and said the restaurant had a good crowd on a weekend. Yelp! reviews are mostly positive, although there are a few that complain about long waits and disappointing food.
The Maíz Facebook page is down, although the website is still live as of 2 p.m. Tuesday. We have queries out to McMahan and will update when we hear something.
Maíz was at 1722 U.S. 287 Frontage Road in Mansfield.