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Upscale Mexican restaurant from Dallas bails on Fort Worth's West 7th

Upscale Mexican restaurant from Dallas bails on Fort Worth's West 7th

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Hasta luego, Fort Worth. Photo courtesy of El Bolero

In words that have been uttered before, there's been a restaurant closure on Crockett Row in Fort Worth's West 7th District: El Bolero, the Mexican concept from ARG Concepts, has closed its location there after a year.

ARG founder Richard Ellman confirmed that the restaurant had closed, saying, "It's actually very simple in that we decided to consolidate and focus our efforts on our more profitable locations."

El Bolero serves upscale food from the diverse regions of Mexico, with soups, ceviches, tacos, and traditional entrees, plus craft cocktails in a cool, chic atmosphere. The original location, which opened in Dallas' Design District in 2015, still does well. However, the Fort Worth closure is not the first; Ellman shuttered another El Bolero in East Dallas in January.

Things seemed so promising when El Bolero's Fort Worth opening was first announced back in 2017. The area had just been newly rebranded "Crockett Row," and ARG was tapped to partner with the Crockett Row team to help oversee the property's food and beverage offerings.

Fort Worth, meanwhile, was enjoying a slew of Dallas concepts opening spinoffs such as Tortaco [since closed], Barcadia, and Stirr.

In addition to El Bolero, ARG was also going to open a companion location of El Bolero's Asian sibling Pakpao Thai. But that never happened. The Pakpao space was subsequently leased to Dallas-based restaurant chain The Blue Fish in October 2019, although a Fort Worth location has yet to show up on their website.

Ellman and his ARG Concepts group have since signed on to open a high-profile restaurant in downtown Dallas. "We are now very focused on Hawthorn, our new project downtown," he says.