The TCU Horned Frogs' new football league is drawing new dining choices.
By the time the Frogs kick off their first Big 12 Conference game in remodeled Amon G. Carter Stadium, Los Vaqueros-University will be pouring purple margaritas again.
Los Vaqueros is scheduled to return in mid-August, this time in a larger Cockrell Avenue location with more parking than the Cisneros family's first south-side location on Berry Street.
"We had a good neighborhood following, but people just couldn't get in and out or park very easily," Vicki Cisneros said.
She made sure that's not a problem again. The new Los Vaqueros will have its own parking lot, an agreement for a second parking lot and valet parking on weekends.
Los Vaqueros will celebrate its 30th year along with the August opening.
The Cisneros family staked a reputation on North Main Street at the height of the Urban Cowboy movie boom at Billy Bob's Texas, and became known for solid basic Tex-Mex including the traditional "homestyle" enchiladas in a lighter chile sauce with lettuce and tomato on top.
The university-area location added more salads and lighter entrees such as rotisserie chicken tacos and veggie enchiladas. They'll stay on the menu, Cisneros said.
The Cisneros family's first restaurant, Las Palmas, opened on the south side in the mid-1970s before the family moved north to open Mi Casa on North Sylvania Avenue and then Los Vaqueros, she said.
The TCU neighborhood has not had a traditional Tex-Mex restaurant since Caro's closed, although Fuzzy's Taco Shop serves enchiladas.
"We've been getting e-mails like crazy from people saying they're happy we're back," Cisneros said.
"We have a beautiful restaurant, a mural and a landscaped patio. I think we did it right this time."
The new Los Vaq will open at 3105 Cockrell Ave. The flagship is at 2629 N. Main St.; 817-624-1511, losvaqueros.com.
By midseason, Tim Love is expected to open his relocated Love Shack burger grill.
He describes the location only as "in the 76109" (ZIP code) near TCU.
Also, Tommy's Hamburgers & Catfish owner Kelly Smith has written on Facebook that she is negotiating for a location nearby along Forest Park Boulevard.
One more opening in August: The new XII Whiskey Bar & Grill seems like more bar than grill, but promises to serve steaks, chicken-fried steaks, sandwiches and sliders. It replaces a troubled sushi bar at 2858 W. Berry St.; xiibar.com.
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