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Restaurant opening in historic Kress Building

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The historic Kress Building in downtown will be buzzing with activity soon with Meso Maya opening its second Fort Worth location on Monday, Nov. 6.

Led by Executive Chef Nico Sanchez, the menu is an homage to Mexican and Mayan food, techniques and methods. Meso Maya currently has five locations – in downtown Dallas, at Preston and Forest, in the Lakewood neighborhood, Plano and on Hulen Street in Fort Worth. All Meso Maya restaurants are open for lunch and dinner and serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday, and are owned by Dallas-based Firebird Restaurant Group LLC.

“Our first Fort Worth Meso Maya in Tanglewood has experienced great success, so we are looking forward to bringing the same elevated experience to downtown Fort Worth,” said Nico. “Our menu features original dishes made from fresh, authentic ingredients using the scratch cooking practices that I first learned while growing up in central Mexico. When you dine at Meso Maya, I want you to feel like you are enjoying a meal in my own home. Every sip and every bite should be special, and the entire experience should be memorable.”

Guests of the new restaurant will find Central and Southern Mexican dishes as Pollo Con Mole, Cochinita Pibíl, Carne Asada and Budin Azteca featuring scratch-made corn tortillas, along with a wide array of craft cocktails and specialty margaritas, like the Avocado Margarita.

In 2015, Nico was voted by D Magazine readers as “Best Chef” in the Best of Big D Awards, while Meso Maya took top honors in the “Best Regional Mexican Cuisine” category. D Magazine readers voted Meso Maya’s brunch the Best of Big D in 2016. Thrillist named Meso Maya one of the 21 Best Mexican Restaurants in America and Zagat called Meso Maya one of the 13 Most Romantic Restaurants in DFW.

The new restaurant has one-of-a-kind features like its large private dining space and original elements from the historic Kress Building are integrated into the décor, including the original floors and Kress signage.

Once part of an entire block of Art Deco buildings, the Kress Building, at 604 Main St., was built in 1936 by Edward F. Sibbert, who designed about 50 of the more than 250 five and dime department stores for New York retailer S.H. Kress & Co. Kress occupied the building until 1960. Continental National Bank used the upper three floors for offices until the early 1980s.

In 2006, the upper three floors reopened as 24 upscale loft apartments. The Fox and Hound English Pub & Grille occupied the building’s street level most recently.

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