- Teresa Gubbins, Culture Map

In this roundup of Dallas restaurant news, there are big closures, big renovations, big new menus, and a new cheesecake. Two institutions are introducing brand new bar programs, and two high-profile concepts have made new hires. Last but not least, there is a new drink from Starbucks. When all else fails, there is always Starbucks.

Here’s what’s happening in Dallas restaurant news this week:

Taco Diner at the West Village center in Uptown Dallas is closing. According to a representative from the restaurant, the final day will be September 1.

With its fresh tacos and expansive sidewalk seating, Taco Diner was a linchpin at West Village for much of its nearly 20-year lifespan. It’s the second surprise departure from West Village, following the recent revelation that Mi Cocina, the big brother to Taco Diner, will leave its West Village space and relocate to the Del Frisco’s Grille space a few blocks down McKinney Ave. Taco Diner and Mi Cocina are both owned by M Crowd.

A separate Mi Cocina is opening at Klyde Warren Park, taking over the former Savor space. That location will service the downtown Dallas community and park visitors. And according to the representative, that Mi Cocina will incorporate some Taco Diner menu items and elements; employees from West Village are expected to transfer to that location once it opens.

Taco Diner has been shrinking: Two other locations, in Fort Worth and Las Colinas, closed in early 2021. Once West Village closes, just one Taco Diner will remain: the location in the Lake Highlands neighborhood at 7150 Skillman St.