- Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas Morning News

Mexican Sugar will be a two-story restaurant at the McKinney and Olive high-rise.

Mexican Sugar restaurant is expected to open in 2022 in Uptown Dallas, near Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and Starbucks Reserve in the McKinney and Olive building.

Mexican Sugar will move into a 10,000-square-foot, two-story space where a vegan-friendly restaurant named Hugo’s Invitados never opened. Given the giant size of the restaurant, CEO Jeff Carcara calls it “one of our most ambitious undertakings” aside from Haywire, a restaurant owned by the same restaurant group, FB Society. The original Haywire in Plano is three stories tall and a monstrous 25,000 square feet.

Mexican Sugar has existing restaurants in West Plano and Las Colinas; Uptown Dallas makes three.

Its opening marks another trifecta: It joins sibling restaurants Haywire and Sixty Vines in Uptown, where both will be less than a half-mile walk from Mexican Sugar. All three restaurants originated in West Plano.

“We just really feel like our brands really fit with that Uptown crowd,” Carcara says.

Mexican Sugar has a tequila list so long, the restaurant has a library of bottles. In the kitchen, chefs make corn tortillas in-house and serve them with adobo grilled carne asada fajitas, barbacoa tacos and the like.

Carcara considers the restaurant to be more Mex than Tex, and he cites shrimp and scallop aguachile and a new masa fried rockfish with mole verde as two standout dishes.

Because of the size of the project, he expects Mexican Sugar to open in Uptown Dallas in the third quarter of 2022. Eventually, they’ll have a green space out front with an outdoor bar selling margaritas. The restaurant will have ample space for private dining, plus an upstairs patio that Carcara thinks will be a popular perch.

The restaurant’s visionaries are known for creating and growing restaurants, then selling them. Back in 2005, founder Randy DeWitt created Twin Peaks, which was most recently acquired in August 2021 for $300 million. Later came Velvet Taco in Dallas, in 2011. It has grown to 29 stores and recently sold to Leonard Green & Partners, a firm that has more than $50 billion in assets.

Carcara plans to open two or three Mexican Sugar restaurants per year for the next few years.

“We’d like to have at least one outside of Texas, just to prove it can work outside of Texas,” Carcara says. He hasn’t picked the location yet.

Other brands in the same company include Sixty Vines, Whiskey Cake, Haywire, The Ranch, Ida Claire and Son of a Butcher, all which originated in North Texas.

The McKinney & Olive building is at 2021 McKinney Ave., Dallas. It’s expected to open in the third quarter of 2022.

 

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