El Fenix Mexican Restaurant on Lemmon Avenue in Dallas, near Inwood Road, has closed. It opened on Sept. 1, 1960, just over 60 years ago.
“We would like to thank our guests for over 60 years at our Lemmon location,” says Mike Karns, founder and CEO of El Fenix’s parent company, Local Favorite Restaurants. “Given current conditions, unfortunately we have made the difficult decision to not renew our lease.”
The company operates 14 El Fenix restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Beyond four stores in Dallas proper, the company sells its famous enchiladas at restaurants in Plano, Fort Worth, Arlington and more. (The El Fenix on Colorado Boulevard in North Oak Cliff was demolished in summer 2020 — a closure not related to the coronavirus pandemic. The landmark property was razed so a developer could build apartments in its place.)
The existing El Fenix restaurants offer takeout, curbside service and dine-in at