Company behind El Fenix and Snuffer’s has acquired Dallas Mexican restaurant Jalisco Norte – The Dallas Morning News

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The Dallas-based company that operates El Fenix and Snuffer’s restaurants has purchased Jalisco Norte, a Mexican restaurant on Oak Lawn Avenue.

As of March 6, parent company Local Favorite Restaurants — formerly Firebird Restaurant Group — will fold Jalisco Norte into its portfolio of 45 restaurants, almost all of which are in Texas. Mike Karns, CEO of Local Favorite Restaurants, owns and operates Village Burger Bar, Meso Maya, Taqueria La Ventana, TorTaco, Sunrise Mexican Foods and the aforementioned El Fenix and Snuffer’s Restaurant & Bar. It also operates Tulum, a one-off Mexican restaurant in Highland Park.

Karns and his team purchased Jalisco Norte from NL Group, a Dallas-based restaurant company that opened an all-day eatery called Sloane’s Corner in downtown Dallas in November 2019.

The terms of the Jalisco Norte sale were not disclosed.

Karns says he was interested in Jalisco Norte because “it’s a local favorite in the neighborhood.”

Executive Chef Jose Meza will remain at Jalisco Norte in Dallas.
Executive Chef Jose Meza will remain at Jalisco Norte in Dallas.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

“We love it — and we are a guest and an admirer of the brand,” he says.

They have “no immediate plans” to expand Jalisco Norte beyond its one restaurant in Dallas right now.

Executive chef José Meza will remain at Jalisco Norte, Karns says. Meza has lived all over the world, from Spain to Mexico to Denmark to Texas, and has been with the restaurant since it opened in late 2017. Some of his dishes include chicken mole, carnitas tacos, chicken enchiladas with poblano pepper sauce, and huitlacoche quesadillas.

Firebird Restaurant Group changed its name to Local Favorite Restaurants in late 2019.

“We wanted to kind of dismantle the idea of a big corporation and make sure that we were always focused on being the local favorite,” Karns says.

And although Local Favorite’s restaurants are mostly in Texas, Karns says they have plans to grow outside of the Lone Star State.

Among all the restaurants Karns operates, the El Fenix brand has been most in the news lately. The Dallas Morning News reported on March 5 that the El Fenix in Oak Cliff is under contract but had not yet been sold. If or when that happens, a San Antonio developer plans to build an eight-story apartment complex on that site, located on East Colorado Boulevard near Methodist Dallas.

Karns is also open to selling the flagship El Fenix located across the street from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, DMN real estate editor Steve Brown reported. Karns wouldn’t comment on either El Fenix property.

The land housing El Fenix Mexican Restaurant, Meso Maya and Taqueria La Ventana is up for sale. Its operators say that even if a high-rise is built there, they plan to continue to operate the restaurants.

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