2 local restaurants bringing new life to the Samuell-Grand intersection

Photography by Sylvia Elzafon.
The intersection of E. Grand Avenue and Samuell Boulevard was long a hub for Tex-Mex. East Dallas residents could head to La Acapulqueña for a sit-down meal, and next door, El Taco Loco satisfied late-night taco cravings. 
Neighbor and business owner Patrick Donlin saw this corner as ripe for revitalization. It’s just down the street from Meson Maya, formerly El Torito Grill and Brownie’s, the 24-hour diner with tabletop jukeboxes that served the neighborhood for five decades.