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Cafe Herrera Opens At Omni Dallas Next Week

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This Dallas Tex-Mex institution keeps it all in the family

One of Dallas' best combination plates has found a shiny new home Downtown.
One of Dallas' best combination plates has found a shiny new home Downtown.
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For more than forty years, the Herrera family has been one of the city’s finest purveyors of enchiladas and other Tex-Mex favorites. Even though there have been some bumps in the road along the way – closures and relocations among them – it appears that this longtime Tex-Mex stalwart is here to stay.

According to the Dallas Morning Newsthe family will debut their latest concept, Cafe Herrera, at Downtown’s Omni Dallas hotel next week. The new arrival is particularly welcome news considering that the restaurant’s second original location, opened in 1971, earlier this year.

It is, however, a bit behind schedule – in October 2014, the project was scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015. Cafe Herrera is the last to open of Omni Dallas’ four restaurant concepts, which include the recently-opened second outpost of Henderson Ave’s Little Katana, Biergarten, and pizzeria Coal Vines.

Delays aside, there’s still plenty to look forward to. The latest outpost will be operated by Gil Bonifaz, a cousin of the original Herrera’s owner who opened the now-shuttered outposts of Herrera’s in Denton and Mockingbird Station. The new restaurant will feature Herrera’s staple dishes with new additions that suit its hotel setting, like a build-your-own fajita bar and craft cocktails.

Cafe Herrera will officially open on Monday, March 14. In the beginning, the restaurant will only be open for dinner, but plans are in the works to add lunch service in the near future. Either way, you should probably just be excited that Herrera’s is back – hopefully for good.