Greenville Avenue in Dallas suffers yet another restaurant closure

Greenville Avenue Mexican restaurant Don Chingon has closed. As of Thursday afternoon, tables were being pushed into corners and the restaurant was being cleaned.

The patio, which was decorated with a piece of artwork that looked like a giant piñata, is now empty.

The phone has been disconnected and the operators have not responded to requests about the restaurant closure. Co-owner Shawn Rao told CultureMap that the building needed work and "ultimately we decided it was time to get out of that neighborhood."

Don Chingon was a popular happy hour spot, selling frozen cocktails named after celebrities like Sofia Vergara and Ricky Martin. The dinner menu included carne asada, short rib enchiladas, fajitas and more.

The team behind Social House opened Don Chingon in fall 2017, in place of a gas station. Don Chingon was one of the many new restaurants that have sprung up on Greenville Avenue in the past year between Belmont and Ross avenues. Some of the other newcomers include Feed Company Eatery and Bourbon Lounge, Leela's and Laurel Tavern; a Tacos Mariachi is expected to open in late 2018 in the middle of lowest Greenville, across the street from Trader Joe's.

But the district has also suffered many closures recently: Pints & Quarts burgers, BBBop Seoul Kitchen, Blind Butcher, Crisp Salad Co., Yucatan Taco Stand and now Don Chingon.

Some have said parking is an issue — and the neighborhood now offers free valet. And although real estate brokers hoped to fill the neighborhood with some fast-casual restaurants, Lowest Greenville has seen more closures of fast-casuals than full-service restaurants.

The "G" in "Don Chingon" is askew in the front yard of the Mexican restaurant.
The "G" in "Don Chingon" is askew in the front yard of the Mexican restaurant.(Sarah Blaskovich / Staff)

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