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Monica Greene’s New Restaurant, Tajin, is Under Construction

Veteran Dallas restaurateur Monica Greene’s new Mexico City-style full-service restaurant, Tajin, is under construction at the ILUME building on Cedar Springs. “The name represents beginnings to me,” Greene said. “I was born on a street named Tajin and it was there I would sit in the kitchen with the family cooks and learn how to cook.”

The space is designed around personalized service. “Google Tajin and the Olmec people can see the inspiration for some of the design elements,” Greene said. “El Tajin are ruins near Veracruz and the people had huge round faces and almost an African look.” The menu? “Mexican, Mexican, Mexican,” Greene said. “This is not Ciudad, this is  going to be traditional Mexican stuff that nobody in Dallas is doing. The menu will feature liver, rabbits, and grasshoppers.” Greene will be in the kitchen but she is also interviewing chefs to work with her.

Take a look at the two logos above. Monica is also trying to decide which logo to use. Which do you like?

The 80-seat restaurant is scheduled to open in January, 2012.

16 comments on “Monica Greene’s New Restaurant, Tajin, is Under Construction

  1. will this restaurant take the same environmentally unfriendly approach as her enchilada place, with disposable plates forks etc?

  2. I like the second logo better. I just can’t see myself ordering grasshoppers. But looking forward to your comments about them, Nancy!

  3. Grasshoppers are delicious. So are beetles. crunchy and earthy. They are difficult to resource in the US. Look for grasshoppers [insert obvious verb here] on menus soon.

  4. I’ve always enjoyed the delicious dishes that Miss Greene whips up, and I’ve followed her to all of her locations: Aca y Alla, Ciudad, Pegaso, BEE, and am looking forward to this new “beginning.”

  5. The first logo for sure. The second one gives me a headache. I am in this neighborhood all the time and can’t wait for Tajin to open.

  6. As a vegan, I’m saddened that Monica isn’t using her talent to bring delicious, cruelty-free dishes to Dallas. And I thought Monica was now vegan, too…guess not.