R Taco opens its sixth Dallas-Fort Worth restaurant on Dec. 11.

R Taco opens its sixth Dallas-Fort Worth restaurant on Dec. 11.

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R Taco, formerly known as Rusty Taco, is sprouting a new Dallas location.

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The new restaurant is expected to open Dec. 11 in place of Snookie's, a low-key burger and chicken-fried steak place that occupied that location, near the intersection of Lemmon and Oak Lawn avenues, for more than a quarter of a century.

R Taco changed its name from Rusty Taco after Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. purchased a majority stake in the company, business writer Karen Robinson-Jacobs reported back in September. The company was named for its late owner Russell "Rusty" Fenton. Denise Fenton, Rusty's widow, remains involved with the company. 

R Taco will continue to expand under the guidance of Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. A new restaurant in Mesquite is expected to open in January.

Denise Fenton doesn't expect "any major changes" to the R Taco brand despite the new ownership, she says.

The new R Taco on Oak Lawn will be located near Lemmon and Oak Lawn avenues, in the former Snookie's.

The new R Taco on Oak Lawn will be located near Lemmon and Oak Lawn avenues, in the former Snookie's.

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"We are not undergoing any menu or pricing changes at this time," she says via email. "Our guests who know and love Rusty Taco will recognize that R Taco is a continuation of who we are and what we value."

The R Taco on Oak Lawn Avenue will have a larger dining space than the other locations, Fenton says. 

"We are thrilled to be a part of this neighborhood and community," she says.

Expected to open Friday, Dec. 11. Hours will be Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 3604 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas. rustytaco.com.

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