Wednesday, May 27, 2009
La Condesa, Mexican restaurant in Dallas’ Victory Park, closed
Send your positive thoughts -- and disposable income -- to Medina Oven & Bar, Kenichi, Craft, Luna de Noche, and Victory Tavern.
DALLAS Sadly, another Victory Park restaurant has gone belly up: Mexican restaurant/tequila bar La Condesa. No one answers the phone, their voicemail is full, their Web site is broken, and a source tangentially associated with the restaurant confirmed that it had closed last week.
La Condesa was opened in February 2008 by two young entrepreneurial types, Jesse Herman and Donald Chick. Reviews were mixed, but its unfortunate location right across from American Airlines Center and away from the Victory Plaza promenade made its success almost completely dependent on events at the arena.
Chick has since announced that he'll be opening a new restaurant on Henderson Avenue with chef Marc Cassel in the kitchen. A second branch of La Condesa opened six months ago on Second Street in Austin.
Medina owner Sam Benoikken says he's working as hard as he can to surmount the obstacles at Victory Park and hopes for the best.
"We have our customer base at Medina, you just hope you can ride it through and survive," he says. "I'm doing my homework, I do everything I can to present the best food, it's reasonable, and it’s fast. What else can you do?"
Mike Orren contributed to this story.
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