Late-night diners hated losing of Cuquita’s on Henderson, where you could order falls-off-the-bone chicken in a sweet and spicy mole at 3 a.m. The beloved Mexican restaurant closed last summer, but there are more tacos to come. Dallas restaurant and club veterans Patrick Tetrick and Miles Zuniga have teamed up to bring live music, enchiladas and $2 frozen margaritas to the patio. Their new restaurant, the Hacienda on Henderson, is expected to open in the old Cuquita’s spot in the first half of June.

"We were very lucky to get that space," Tetrick said. "A lot of people were interested in it. That area is blowing up and I think it could be the next McKinney Avenue. It’s an excellent property."

Tetrick owns Lotus, a posh but relaxed McKinney lounge, and has been in the club business for 20 years. Zuniga owns two neighborhood bars on Henderson — the Slip Inn and Vickery Park.

Read more about the Hacienda on Henderson after the jump.

Tetrick and Zuniga have hired "a well-known kitchen manager," but cannot say who he is yet. The menu is expected to include moderately priced Tex-Mex, and the Hacienda will still be open late nights. "The property is known for that, and we intend to keep it that way," Tetrick said.

Tetrick and Zuniga are doing a major renovation of the property, including the addition of a Henderson-facing patio. The restaurant was built in the 40s or 50s and the partners have encountered major hurdles in pulling permits and getting it up to code. "It would have been quicker and cheaper to scrape it and build something new," Tetrick said. "But we like the old house and we think it’s a place that people recognize, so we wanted to keep it."


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