Tacos y Mas readying to open at the ilume

tacosymasWe’ve known that Tacos y Mas was taking over the space at ilume vacated by the ill-fated Xamach for a while, but it looks like the doors are about to open (they tell us a mid-September launch date it planned — just in time for Dallas Pride). Not only is the signage up, but so is the menu of $2 Mexican street tacos and $3 specialty tacos, plus combo plates, burritos and more. And everything is under $10. It looks like a good fit for the gayborhood, especially if the hours are late enough for the impulse buy for clubgoers.

Tacos y Mas is a Dallas institution, having started nearly 20 years ago in a tent, and for a long time being simply a small taco stand at the corner of Lower Greenville and Ross avenues. But in recent years, the company has expanded — up the street on Greenville to the old Quesa-D-Ya’s space, as well as North Dallas and Plano. Bring on the tacos! And check out of Food Issue this Friday, in print newsstands and online!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Crosland Group make huge donation of gay-themed books to Oak Lawn Library

booksDallas developer Luke Crosland, whose company The Crosland Group is responsible for ilume and ilume Park, has marked a gift of more than 6,000 volumes of LGBT books to the Dallas Public Library. The collection will be stored at the Oak Lawn branch in the heart of the gayborhood.

The donation was originally housed at the Stonewall National Museum and Archives in Florida.

There will be a presentation of the books during Pride Weekend. Due to space limitations, not all volumes will be on display, but will be available to be checked out.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Sushi coming to the Cedar Springs strip, as ilume announces another retail tenant

The Crosland Group, developer of ilume, has formally announced a fourth retail tenant at the new mixed-used complex on Cedar Springs Road.

Fin Sushi, a Japanese fusion restaurant, will occupy 4,000 square feet on the southeast corner of ilume, according to a press release we just received. (The Voice first reported that Fin Sushi was coming to ilume in February.)

Fin Sushi, expected to open in September, will join Red Mango, Beyond the Box and Dish, all three of which have already opened. The press release states that Fin Sushi, offering a menu of sushi and sashimi, is a new concept from the owners of Sushi Axiom, which has three locations in North Texas. Existing Sushi Axiom restaurants are in Fort Worth, Burleson, and on Henderson Avenue in East Dallas.

“We’re pleased to welcome such a well established restaurant operator as the newest commercial tenant to ilume,” said Luke Crosland, chairman and CEO of The Crosland Group. “Fin Sushi is another step in our commitment to bringing the finest that Dallas has to offer to the heart of the Oak Lawn community.”

—  John Wright