Today in aaarrrggghhh news: Revolver Taco Lounge, the elegant Mexican restaurant at 2822 W. Seventh Street in Fort Worth, is going to close on June 30.
“Dear Amigos, we would like to inform you we will not be renewing our lease,” says a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “ Our lease ends June 30, 2015. Our landlord decided to sell the building without giving us an opportunity to buy the property.”
UPDATE: The Dallas Morning News is now reporting that Revolver will open in a few months — in Deep Ellum. “It's going to be part deux of Revolver," owner Gino Rojas tells the DMN, and it will be split in two. "The front will be the best taquería in Texas. That will be be Revolver Taco Lounge." According to the DMN, “there will be a small, intimate, reservations-only space in the back called the Purépecha Room, named for the indigenous Purépecha people of Rojas' native Michoacán in Mexico. His mother Juanita will be cooking there in a small, open kitchen.”
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The News also reports that Jesus Garcia, who either left Fort Worth’s Little Lilly Sushi abruptly or was fired almost exactly a year ago, will join the Deep Ellum version of Revolver, which is also participating in Taco Libre, a June 27 festival in Dallas featuring tacos, music and lucha libre wrestling (we’re pretty sure you don’t have to don a mask and wrestle to get a taco).
In a way, it’s surprising that Revolver, which opened in summer 2011, lasted as long as it did. In a modest location inside a small strip, without garish signs to call attention to it, it’s a true Mexican restaurant in a land of Tex-Mex, a relatively upscale one fending off a Freebirds World Burrito to the east and a Chipotle to the west, and a West Seventh Street restaurant on the north side of the street, and not part of the booming West 7th development (which has had its own share of closures).
“We all know W. 7th has changed dramatically during the course of these years and in a way we are happy to be part of it but we will not be part of the corporate monopoly money creates,” says the forceful Facebook post “We will not stay in an area where money will force you to eat what they want, drink what they want, we were not raised like that. We know this side of the street has been neglected by city officials because they have other plans for the area and those plans are all about money and not about the community.”
The restaurant comes “from the family of Gino Rojas, a native of the Mexican state of Michoacán,” reads DFW.com’s original look at it. “Rojas, who came to Fort Worth by way of Chicago, operates a firearms store near the Stockyards but is passionate about stylish food from his original home.”
For the past couple of months, Rojas has been keeping those traditions at second restaurant, the stunning Campestre Chula Vista, currently open weekends only at 1950 Menefee Ave. on a northside hilltop overlooking downtown Fort Worth.
When Andrew Zimmern swung through DFW for a Bizarre Foods America episode in late 2013 (the episode aired in 2014), he visited Revolver Taco Lounge, where our interview with him took place. Zimmern tweeted: “@revolvertaco is beyond amazing. If you live in The DFW and not eating here you are missing out on superb Michoacan food.”
H/T to the Dallas Morning News’ Leslie Brenner, whose tweet brought this to our attention.
For more updates, follow @revolvertaco on Twitter.