- Teresa Gubbins, Culture Map

An upscale Mexican restaurant that up until now has only been found in the ‘burbs is hitting the big city, IE Uptown Dallas: Mexican Sugar, a pan-Latin concept that’s part of the Front Burner Society restaurant group (Whiskey Cake, Sixty Vines, Ida Claire, Son of a Butcher), is opening in the McKinney & Olive building at 2355 Olive St. #155, where it will continue its mission to celebrate Mexican culture and cuisine.

According to a release, it’ll open in May.

It’s going into the same elegante complex as Roti Grill, Mixt, and the uber-Starbucks Reserve, in a space that was originally designated to be a location of Hugo’s Invitados. (Which is now at the West Village.)


It’ll be a two-story behemoth spanning more than 12,000 square feet with seating for nearly 400, with what the release calls “breathtaking views” of the American Airlines Center and the Hotel Crescent Court. Interesting. Is AAC breathtaking? If you like architect David Schwarz, I guess.

Mexican Sugar’s menu is comprised of traditional flavors of Mexico with a contemporary twist. Highlights include

  • Tuna crudo
  • Striped bass
  • Bone-in pork chop
  • Housemade tortillas

The new location will also feature an Agave Library for tequila enthusiasts, with more than 150 tequilas and mezcals, served in margaritas and agave tasting flights.

This is Mexican Sugar’s third location. The original opened in Plano in 2013. A second opened in Las Colinas in 2020.

“We can’t wait to open our newest Mexican Sugar restaurant in such a premier location,” says general manager Justin Beam. “As we bring our lighter, fresher, and better approach to Mexican cuisine to Uptown, we’re confident that our guests will enjoy the unique culinary experience. We look forward to creating unforgettable moments in every corner of this remarkable venue including our second-floor patio which offers one of the most breathtaking views in the city.” There’s that breathtaking again. I do not think that word means what they think it means.