Monday, August 1, 2011
Trece Restaurant near Travis Walk shut down for August, maybe longer
DALLAS Trece, the modern Mexican restaurant near Travis Walk, is closed for August, and possibly longer, said owner Robert Colombo.
"The last week was dreadful in terms of the heat in the middle of the dinner period," Colombo said. "If you look at the weather, they're saying it's going to be 100 degrees for the next two to three weeks with no relief in sight, so we decided lock it up for August. It wasn't fair to the guests or employees to keep them working in there, the aggravation."
The bigger problem is the cost of replacing a dying air conditioner in a building that'll be razed in a few months.
"Our lease is up in October or November, they're going to bulldoze that building," he said. "The plan is to bulldoze Little Katana and Sur La Table and build a Post/Gables type residential building -- bad for Trece but good for [sibling restaurant] Villa-O."
"We went through this whole summer with the hope of making it to November, but we have a 25-year-old air-conditioner system that's been blowing straight for the past three years," he said. "Installing a new one would be about $60,000 and that doesn't make sense on a space that we're only going to have for another three months. We were hopeful that we'd make it through the summer, and have spent $20,000 on repairs in last couple of months. But it gets to a point where you can't find the parts because it's 25 years old."
As for the rumors that people were moving things out of the building, he said that they were moving out items that were perishable -- "things that would mold or swell or something like that," he said.
Colombo says they may open for a couple of months after August, depending on the cost of the repairs.
"We'll re-open if we can find parts and it's not ridiculously expensive," he said. "I love Trece, we've had seven years with that restaurant," he says.
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