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Escondido Restaurant Blames Salvation Army Carr P. Collins Social Service Center for Loss of Business

Yesterday I was chatting with Juan Herrera of Escondido. The family-owned restaurant has been serving the same Tex-Mex combination plates since 1975. The small restaurant is on Butler Street which runs through the light industrial area between Harry Hines and Maple Avenue. When I asked him how he was doing he said “terrible.” He went on to tell me how his night business has suffered ever since The Salvation Army Carr P. Collins Social Service Center opened across from Parkland Hospital on Harry Hines Boulevard. The 161,000 square foot center, which houses up to 600 homeless people a night, backs up to Escondido. “We have people walking all over the neighborhood and begging our customers for food,” Herrera said. “The 7-11 was getting robbed and they closed. So I had to close my restaurant at night. I just had to let employees go.”

This is a gem of a restaurant. They serve a mean enchilada and have some of the best chips and salsa in Dallas. And it has purple walls. Escondido is open Monday through Saturday from 11AM to 2PM. They brave the world on Friday nights from 6PM to 9PM. Go. Eat. Support and report.

P.S. Bill Addison, I miss you.

  • TacoTrail

    Do you know if Escondido fries crispy taco shells to order?

  • Dubious Brother

    What a shame. Maybe Jerry Jones will start having team meals there.
    When I started eating at Escondido in the mid 70’s I thought they had been there for 30 years already. Hope they can hang on.

  • TheBradsBlog

    yep, Bill and i had lunch there a couple times. I need to get back over there.

  • Carver

    Bet Bill Addison doesn’t miss you.

  • DCJ

    Really? The Carr P Collins facility has been around for 20+ years. The Salvation Army has always provided help to those who are less fortunate in our community. Not sure why Escondido Restaurant couldn’t produce the same food in other areas of the metroplex increasing their volume, customer base and revenues. Comments seem like a a jab at a facility offering service to the one’s others ignore.

  • Nancy Nichols

    I know he doesn’t. I really liked him and his style of writing.

  • Nancy Nichols

    A small mom and pop in the same location for 40 years can’t just pick up and go. I realize they provide food and shelter but several other business in the area have closed because of break-ins, attempted robbery, and loitering. Its’a cough call.

  • Kirk

    In retrospect, we should all miss Bill Addison.

  • Chase LaFerney

    my family has a lot of history with this place and we celebrate my late uncle’s passing every christmas eve at Escondido’s. this place has really good food and the people running it are hardworking saints. I hope things turn around because we’d hate to see the place go down. Hang in there!