Salsa Limón near Tower opening; Mercury Chop to follow?

November 11,2016

Reposted from The Star Telegram

By Bud Kennedy 

Mercury Chop House, the prime steakhouse displaced last summer from Sundance Square, is closing in on a deal to reopen in The Tower in downtown Fort Worth.

Mercury would be one of two new restaurants in The Tower. The new Salsa Limón Centro taqueria is expected to open there next week.

If everything falls into place, Mercury will take over the Taylor Street space that was recently home to Vivo 53 Pizzeria and earlier The Vault.

When the Mercury lost its Sundance Square space in August (to be replaced soon by Waters), owner Zack Moutaouakil said he hoped to reopen downtown in time for the restaurant’s traditional holiday dinners for police and firefighters.

Moutaouakil could not be reached Friday for comment.\

Mercury Chop House, originally part of the Mi Cocina parent company and affiliated with The Mercury in Dallas, opened in 2000 as one of two prime steakhouses downtown.

Moutaouakil, the general manager, bought the restaurant in 2008 and built a reputation for reliable steaks, a white-tablecloth lunch and brunch, and community fundraisers.

Mercury Chop House’s new location was built as a Mediterranean restaurant with a flashy downstairs bar, then revamped to a California artisan pizzeria at a time when Fort Worth was saturated with new pizzerias.

Salsa Limón will open at 550 Throckmorton St. in the space that formerly housed a burrito shop. The restaurant will start its “soft opening” service next week, owner Milo Ramirez said.


Location Mentioned: Salsa Limon- Centro