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Zippy's: Gone from Sundance, but the food is back in Cowtown

Posted 11:02am on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010

We were heartbroken when Zippy's closed last month because it was forced out of Sundance Square (followed by pizza joint Sammy's -- to make room for a restaurant called Saviano's).

Zippy's owner Zavdy Martinez e-mailed to say that Zippy's -- in spirit if not officially by name -- is now open and serving its beloved burgers and dogs ... from the "to-go" side of Los Hombres Mexican Cafe at 1549 N. Main St. (near Rose Marine Theater). It's a temporary solution for now, but she's just happy to be back in business, and able to keep two of her three employees collecting a paycheck.

Martinez said Los Hombres has a lot of unused space, including the "to-go" side, which also has tables outside, so she and the Los Hombres folks worked out a deal where Martinez helps with a portion of the lease payment. "We'll start off here -- everybody needs some kind of income," Martinez says. "But long-term, we're looking for another place." However, if Los Hombres decides not to renew its lease (which is up in a year), she says, Zippy's may end up permanently taking over the space.

But for now, they just want to build up the Zippy's name in Fort Worth again. (They might even have their old phone number back by next week: 817-334-0999).

Because they're in this agreement with Los Hombres, they can't technically call themselves "Zippy's" yet, so for the moment, they just say "featuring Zippy's food."

And as they get settled in, they plan on adding more of the Zippy's menu.

DEAL ALERT: In support of the Texas Rangers, the Zippy's reboot will be giving away free regular-size Texas Dogs on Friday, game day, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Also good to know: because they're out of the expensive downtown location, the burger prices have dropped a buck. The half-pound burgers are now $3.99, and combo burger meals dropped from $7.16 to $5.99.

As for getting the boot from Sundance Square, Martinez was naturally disappointed. "We knew something was going on, so we were surprised, but not surprised. But now we're just trying to move forward and not look backward."

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