Known for tacos to go, Salsa Limón is about to become an entire taqueria-to-go.
The historic chrome diner that was the taqueria’s Cultural District “Museo” home will be moved intact to White Settlement Road. It’ll reopen there this fall, after yet another new Limón opens downtown.
Not many restaurateurs try to open two locations at once. But Salsa Limón owner Ramiro (Milo) Ramirez is used to moving his trucks and taquerias around town. This time, he’s simply bringing the taqueria with him.
Late this month, the 1947-vintage chrome diner at 929 University Drive will be loaded on a trailer and moved to 5012 White Settlement Road, in the new River District development.
Until the diner is moved, Salsa Limón Museo is still serving there from a truck parked in the driveway.
“What’s important is that we’re saving this building,” Ramirez said.
The diner, a Streamline Moderne architectural classic built as Topsy’s Cafe, is one of the few classic roadside-Americana diners in the south and southwestern U.S.
The interior was updated after the Allen family sold Topsy’s in 1972 to become the original J & J Oyster Bar, but the chrome exterior remains.
The entire building and slab foundation will be loaded on a trailer for moving. “It’s easier than taking out the freezers,” Ramirez said.
The new location will be a vacant lot after the demolition of an old home that held a private school.
Meanwhile, Ramirez plans an October opening for the new Salsa Limón Centro, replacing an ill-conceived burrito shop on Throckmorton Street in the base of the Tower.
“That’s also a very interesting building architecturally,” said Ramirez, an artist.
The concrete supports in the 1974 skyscraper, built as a bank, angle through the dining areas to the sidewalk.
“I couldn’t pass up a chance to get a location like that,” he said.
Salsa Limón Centro will serve until 3 a.m. for downtown patrons, he said. It will include the taquerias’ first bar.
For now, Salsa Limón continues at 3005 S. University Drive and in La Gran Plaza mall, 4200 South Freeway. The company truck is open at 929 University Drive, until the diner is moved.
The ‘Stick’ is 40
Hickory Stick Bar-B-Q in Everman marks 40 years Friday, and the party starts early.
The Jones family’s barbecue landmark opens at 8 a.m., ready to sell to-go lunch sandwiches or plates. Closing time is 8 p.m.
Hickory Stick is the elder statesman of Everman barbecue. If you can find Enon Avenue, you can’t miss the giant sign of a cowboy ringing a dinner bell, bought from an old Underwood’s Pit Barbecue location in Fort Worth.
Lots of old friends show up for Hickory Stick anniversaries, so the Joneses keep it simple. They’ll sell brisket sandwiches for $3.50 Friday and serve free cake and ice cream.
When Hickory Stick opened, it was one of several legendary old barbecue restaurants in south Tarrant County. Now, it has outlasted the others but draws new attention from barbecue lovers making a stop on the way between nearby Jambo’s in Rendon and Longoria’s in Everman.
Hickory Stick opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, closing Sundays and Mondays; 900 E. Enon Ave., 817-478-9997, hickory-stick.com.