Gloria’s is getting a new look to go with its new name.
Originally “Salva-Tex-Mex” Central American-Mexican restaurants, the Fuentes family chain is now in its 30th year and called Gloria’s Latin Cuisine.
The black bean dip stays. Local Gloria’s locations will get nicer decor, floors and lighting as the restaurants grow to a statewide company spanning Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and Houston.
“‘Latin cuisine’ is where we are now, and we’re bringing the restaurants up to date,” Jose Fuentes said.
Gloria’s is redecorating locations in Fort Worth and Colleyville and is building a new location to open by fall in Southlake’s Park Village.
The Fuentes family is also working on a new redfish platter, with big sellers salmon and tilapia.
Before churrascarias came to town, Gloria’s was serving churrasco tipico sirloins with yuca and chimichurri.
“Customers still come for the yuca and plantains,” Fuentes said. “We’ve always had dishes you can’t get anywhere else.”
Brunch is busy, and Gloria’s serves till 3 p.m. Sundays for late risers, the after-church crowd and devotees of Gloria’s $1 mimosas.
Gloria’s is open daily for lunch and dinner at 5611 Colleyville Blvd., 817-656-1784; 2600 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth, 817-332-8800; and also in Arlington at 3901 Arlington Highlands Blvd., 817-701-2981; gloriascuisine.com.
Wine ’n’ dine
Granbury’s Wine Walk this weekend starts with great dining.
A private preview Thursday will feature Del Norte Tacos’ short-rib tacos and smoked-veal chiles rellenos from Godley, along with food from chefs from as far away as Roanoke.
Eric Hunter of Fire Oak Grill in Weatherford will serve smoked-shrimp tostadas. Gerard Thompson of Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose is doing a mango-ginger-jalapeño ceviche.
The Classic Cafe’s Dennis Youts from Roanoke will serve pork tenderloin, and Tokyo Cafe’s Kevin Martinez is doing pork belly with pickled watermelon.
Cheese out, bread in
Having lost its crowds and then its chef, Magnolia Cheese Co. is officially lost, too.
Wednesday is the final going-out-of-business day at the boutique cheese shop, which is closing forever at 4 p.m. Reports indicate the closing will make way for a bakery at the 1251 W. Magnolia Ave. address.
Former Magnolia chef Jen Williams is at Sera Dining & Wine, 2418 Forest Park Blvd.
Bud Kennedy’s column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in DFW.com. 817-390-7538