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Dallas Tex-Mex Institution Avila’s Is Crowdfunding a New Casa Linda Location

Avila’s East will serve the same Tex-Mex classics as the original

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After more than 30 years of serving Tex-Mex classics in Uptown, beloved dining institution Avila’s is plotting a second location in East Dallas.

The new restaurant is a project of Trent Marrs, great-grandson of the original Avila’s founders, and is currently seeking investors via crowdfunding platform NextSeed. Avila’s East has secured a location at Casa Linda Plaza in East Dallas, and the 2,000 square foot space will offer about three times more seating for diners than the original location, which seats less than 50 diners. “I’ve dreamt of opening my own restaurant since I was a child,” Marrs said in a statement. “I want to create a hub where the diverse community of East Dallas can come any day or night of the week and know they’re getting some awesome and authentic Tex-Mex food.”

For those who haven’t experienced the joy of an Avila’s brisket taco, the restaurant serves up a classic menu of Tex-Mex dishes, ranging from chile rellenos to those famous tacos, enchiladas, and more. It earned the attention of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives host Guy Fieri, who featured the restaurant in 2009. It was the source of a great deal of family drama around that time, too — closing temporarily as a result of legal battles and allegations that its operator had physically removed the Triple D plaque bestowed upon the restaurant by Fieri.

Avila’s East is expected to arrive in Casa Linda sometime next year. Stay tuned for an official opening date.