Beloved Dallas restaurateur Monica Greene has parted ways with her newest restaurant venture, Monica's Nueva Cocina, which opened in the Ilume building on Cedar Springs in October. Via a post on Monica's Facebook page, she says that she hasn't been a part of Nueva Cocina for about a month now; the restaurant still carries her name but that she "hope[s] that changes soon".
Whether change is by choice or imposed, negative or positive, personal or professional, it's always a challenging fact of life. With any major changes there are actions we can take to ease the process. The rumors were true. I haven't been a part of Monica's Nueva Cocina for about a month now. For the moment the restaurant still carries my name, I hope that changes soon.
I believe that the owners of this restaurant still committed to serve great Mexican Food. I wish them the best. Monica's have been a dream that I hoped to bring top reality. For me , it was so much more - a chance to return to the Oak Lawn area, and a chance to take an exciting concept to fruition. Since I had to help earn the reality of this dream, I treasured it every day in a unique way. I always gave it "my all". Even after a tough year as this past one, I look back with the wisdom of hindsight and I have to recognized that I enjoyed help create a good restaurant. To each of you who supported the restaurant and me.
Greene parted ways with her longstanding Deep Ellum restaurant, Monica's Aca y Alla, to open Nueva Cocina; it remains open but is now called Maracas. Greene also owns the fast-casual B.E.E. Enchiladeria in Oak Cliff.
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