Restaurateur To Open Third Doce Mesas

Doce Mesas
A delicious dish from Doce Mesas | Image by Doce Mesas

With two Doce Mesas locations in Dallas, restaurateur Mico Rodriguez is planning to open a third next year in the city’s Uptown neighborhood.

A Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation filing shows Rodriguez is leasing “existing restaurant lease space” at 3007 Maple Ave. — at developer Hines’ re-envisioned Maple Terrace. He’s planning to spend an estimated $575,000 to renovate more than 2,612 square feet, the filing shows.

Rodriguez’s other Doce Mesas locations can be found along McKinney Avenue in the Knox-Henderson area and along North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane in North Dallas. The menu features items such as ceviche, tacos, ensaladas, enchiladas, margaritas, and cocktails.

Rodriguez founded Mi Cocina, where Edgar Guevara now serves as president and CEO of parent company M Crowd Restaurant Group, in 1991 with Dick Washburne, Bob McNutt, and Ray Washburne in a 12-table space in the Preston Forest neighborhood.

Twenty-seven years later, Rodriguez opened Doce Mesas (“Twelve Tables” in English) on McKinney Avenue in “a return to his roots,” according to his website.

“The breezy indoor-outdoor flow and white tablecloths make for an intimate and upscale feel that is still accessible to families. Pair that with Dallas’ favorite margaritas and you’ll never want to leave.”

Rodriguez opened the Walnut Hill location last year after stepping away from the industry during the pandemic, The Dallas Morning News reported.

“I found out a lot about myself,” Rodriguez told the DMN. “I realized I wanted to do another restaurant. It’s kind of like being a musical artist: I had another album in me.”

Construction for the Doce Mesas location at Maple Terrace has a delivery date of April 12, according to the state filing. ZERO3 Inc. of Dallas is listed as the design firm.

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