Thursday, September 5, 2013
Epic Cones moves from Deep Ellum to quaint gas station in Arlington
The story of this odd little restaurant just got even more odd.
ARLINGTON Quirky culinary dive Epic Cones recently uprooted operations from its Deep Ellum home of more than a year and moved to Arlington.
Owner Barbara “Mom” Martinez and her son Chris "The Cone King" Martinez had been looking to expand the business to a second location. However, "Mom" said an impromptu opportunity to buy a property in Arlington was too good to pass up, and the duo opted to terminate their lease Deep Ellum instead of hanging on to both buildings.
“We’ve been looking since January,” Barbara said by phone Thursday. “We looked at places for rent and places for sale. We ended up in another odd situation, which is what we do best.”
Right she is. We called Epic Cones a "confusing culinary adventure" in January. The restaurant serves sandwich-like concoctions in the shape of a cone. Each $5 cone is stuffed with a combination of cheeses, veggies and meats, with the most popular being pizza flavors like pepperoni or supreme. When Epic Cones in Deep Ellum still functioned as a restaurant, the club-turned-café had a dance floor, disco balls and an adjoined men and women’s restroom covered in colorful murals.
The new Epic Cones in Arlington has its own quirks, too. The family purchased a functional gas station and convenience store, aptly renamed Epic Mart, with a "beautiful little restaurant" attached to it, according to Barbara. Epic Cones’ new digs are a few miles west of The Parks at Arlington Mall off Interstate 20, in a mostly residential neighborhood.
The restaurant is currently serving a limited menu of its signature cones in Arlington, but Barbara expects to offer a full menu by next week.
The company’s Meter Maid delivery carts will continue service in the neighborhoods of south Arlington. Hungry Dallas patrons may be in luck, though — Barbara said she doesn’t want to leave the Dallas market for good.
“We’re not sure we’re done with Dallas,” she said, adding that Epic Cones may open a smaller, street vending outfit in the future. For now, the Arlington shop is the family's full-time business. Barbara and Chris are wrapping up their last private events at the former Epic Cones location this month.