New restaurant Texana Grill to open in former location of El Corazon in McKinney

Gilbert Cuellar, right, is opening a new restaurant in the former location of El Corazon Tex Mex. The new restaurant, Texana Grill, will feature fare from the Texas Hill Country. (Emily Davis/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gilbert Cuellar, right, is opening a new restaurant in the former location of El Corazon Tex Mex. The new restaurant, Texana Grill, will feature fare from the Texas Hill Country. (Emily Davis/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gilbert Cuellar, right, is opening a new restaurant in the former location of El Corazon Tex Mex. The new restaurant, Texana Grill, will feature fare from the Texas Hill Country. (Emily Davis/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The new restaurant, Texana Grill, will feature fare from the Texas Hill Country. (Courtesy Texana Grill)
Texana Grill, a new restaurant offering a menu inspired by the Texas Hill Country, is set to open for to-go orders July 16.

Texana Grill will open in the former location of El Corazon Tex Mex restaurant, which has permanently closed. Its menu will include items such as smoked barbecue meats by the pound, hand-breaded chicken fingers and a version of stuffed jalapeños that are filled with brisket. Family meal kits will also be available for takeout.


“The menu is a road trip through Hill Country serving up dniner fare that’s a little more refined than you might expect with plenty of cold Texas beer to wash it all down,” owner Gilbert Cuellar said in a news release. “We have something for everyone on our menu.”

Texana Grill debuted in 1991 in Nashville, Tennessee. After eight years there, Texana Grill closed its doors and reopened in 2006 back in its home state of Texas, according to a news release. Now, the restaurant is bringing its Hill Country staples to North Texas diners.

The restaurant will open at 1222 N. Central Expressway, McKinney, for to-go orders. Orders can be made by calling the restaurant at 469-631-0011 or ordering online through Toast. A website is coming soon.
By Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the McKinney edition.


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