Primo’s Tex-Mex in Uptown Closed Saturday. Will it Reopen?

Primo's, the popular Tex-Mex restaurant in Uptown, closed on Saturday.

Primo's no mas. (Photography by Jerry McClure)
Primo’s no mas. (Photography by Jerry McClure)

Teresa “Gubbshoe” Gubbins, the breaker of all things newsworthy,reports Primo’s, the popular Tex-Mex spot on McKinney, closed “abruptly on December 20.” According to Gubbins, employees showed up and found a sign on the door noting the restaurant was closed and thanking the patrons for 28 years “patio fun and margaritas.”

Eddie Cervantes opened Primo’s in 1986. He sold it to Phil Lacerte and Frank Linero in 2009. In June 2011, SideDish reported Robert Columbo (Sfuzzi) bought the place but kept Lacerte and Linero as partners. Two months later, I asked Columbo to define his status. He replied:

“Gee, I don’t have a definitive answer to it,” Colombo said. “We never did day-to-day or controlled the bank accounts. I’d say I’m actively negotiating and not technically a partner.”

“We are going through difficult negotiations,” Colombo said. “We aren’t sure if it will be finalized but its been a good experience. We had the basics finalized. They aren’t restaurant guys and they brought us in to do renovations. But they’ve been in Aspen and the Bahamas so we didn’t get it executed.”

The Lake Ray Hubbard location remains open. I’m getting out my finger shovels and going digging for information. Details to follow.