Tupinamba Gets New Home

There are many places to go for a plate of hot enchiladas in Dallas, but one longtime favorite is ready to shake things up.

Fans of Tupinamba know that the Tex-Mex restaurant has stood at its Inwood Road location near Jesuit College Preparatory School for 18 years.

Owner Eddie Dominguez has been ready to move for a while, but lease negotiations were slow going. Finally, the time came for the perfect transition — to Walnut Hill Lane and North Central Expressway.

“Traffic-wise, it’s one of the top five intersections in the city of Dallas,” Dominguez said.

Tupinamba is relocating to the southwest corner, but across the street in the northwest quadrant, Leon Backes of Provident Realty Advisors is planning a mixed-use development called Preston Hollow Village, which will include 42 acres of development such as restaurants and retail.

“With everything that’s happened in the northwest corner — all the development there — it’s a great improvement for the area,” he said. “So now we’ve got all four corners that have a lot of activity. The hospital brings in a lot of traffic and medical offices, so we just think it’s a great area for lunch. There’s a lot of rooftops west that we hope to draw from.”

But not only will the location draw in new customers, old ones are sure to follow as well.

“Everything tastes fresh and is well-prepared. I’ve never had to wait to get a table,” customer Matt Pyryt said. “Being a graduate of Texas A&M, I always like to support Aggie-owned businesses. I mostly go in for lunch with co-workers since it’s close to our office, but I’ll still visit the new location if I’m in the area.”

The restaurant has been family-owned since its start in 1947, after Papa Froylan Dominguez and his wife, Consuelo, came to America in 1910 following the Mexican Revolution.

“We’re the oldest family-owned Mexican restaurant in Dallas right now, because the other chains have been bought by corporations,” Dominguez said.

The restaurant hopes to open at its new location in mid-to-late January, depending on when construction is complete.

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