Revolver Taco Lounge owner Gino Rojas seems determined to take his fans on a rollercoaster ride of emotions today. Following this morning's announcement that the West 7th bastion of handmade Mexican food is closing, the Dallas Morning News reports that Rojas is taking his show on the road to Deep Ellum — a major loss for Fort Worth, surely, but a serious boon for what's shaping up to be the hottest Dallas dining neighborhood of the year.
Leslie Brenner reports that the Deep Ellum venture will actually be two concepts in one: The front will be a recreation of Revolver Taco Lounge (or "the best taqueria in Texas," as Rojas tells the Dallas Morning News), while "in the back, there will be a small, intimate, reservations-only space he'll call the Purépecha Room," featuring the cooking of Rojas' mother.
Coming along for the ride is chef Jesus Garcia, whose cooking at Fort Worth's Little Lilly Sushi earned the restaurant a four-star review from Brenner as well as a spot on Texas Monthly's "Best New Restaurants of 2014" list. (Garcia later moved to Seattle after things at Little Lilly went sour.)
As for a specific location within Deep Ellum, expect to hear more on that soon: Rojas tells Brenner he's in "the final stages of signing the lease."
TV personality Andrew Zimmern visited Revolver in 2013 while filming for an episode of Bizarre Foods, tweeting about the experience, "If you live in The DFW and [are] not eating here you are missing out on superb Michoacan food."