A homegrown Tex-Mex concept is moving into the Dallas-Fort Worth market. San Antonio favorite Las Palapas will open its first North Texas location in Keller, taking over a former Dairy Queen at 455 Keller Pkwy., which closed in December 2019.
According to a post from the city of Keller, the restaurant will open in the spring.
Las Palapas was founded in 1981 by Ron Acosta, a native of Los Angeles who merged a California flair with South Texas traditional cuisine. The concept has since expanded to 13 locations in the San Antonio area.
Las Palapas' menu offers tacos, enchiladas, flautas, fajitas, burritos, sopes, and its signature dish, the "Macho Burrito," a hefty specimen stuffed with rice, beans, and choice of meat, covered with a savory sauce and melted cheese.
California touches on the menu include a selection of stuffed avocados with fillings such as shrimp, charbroiled chicken, and veggies.
It also has a strong breakfast game, with breakfast tacos such as bean and cheese or chorizo and potato, priced from $1.29 to $2.39, plus menudo on the weekends, which you can order in regular or "jumbo" size.
Fans also love the restaurant's "1981 rollback pricing" feature, where Las Palapas offers one item all day on Mondays and Wednesdays with rollback pricing from 1981.
A spokesperson for the city of Keller said that "we hear this place is delicious and we're excited to be filling the DQ space with something new to the DFW market."
Stephanie Allmon Merry contributed to this story.