Talk hit the street late last week that the Piped Piper of Henderson, Tristan Simon of Consilient Restaurants, was going to close Alma. Today I reached Simon who says:
Consilient closed Alma today in order to take advantage of another opportunity for the property, the details of which will be announced in coming weeks. While it’s a straightforward business decision for the company, we feel a real sadness about closing Alma and deeply appreciate the customers, vendors and staff who supported the restaurant during its life.,
Alma, Consilient’s horse in the Regional Mexican food trend in Dallas, opened last February. Simon originally hired Mike Brown, a Rick Bayless trained chef who was at the helm of a Red-O in Los Angeles. Brown moved to Dallas but left his post for personal reasons after only three months leaving the kitchen to upcoming chef Anastacia Quiñones, who was working across the street at Victor Tangos. “Consilient controls the real estate,” Simon said. “We intend to put a new dining concept into the property that takes advantage of the existing improvements and compliments the other restaurant offerings on North Henderson Avenue.”
What will happen next? The business deals are flying and details will be announced soon.