After a year of business in our neighborhood, Casita Tex Mex closed at the Preston Royal Southwest, and Plano-based Greek Isles will open in its place within the next month or two.

Norma Valles, Casita’s owner and professional singer who often performs with a mariachi band at her restaurant, says the Preston-Royal location had a great following, especially on Friday nights during live entertainment. (Fans still can visit the restaurant’s location on Blackwell, near Greenville and Northwest Highway.)

“It wasn’t that we weren’t getting customers,” Valles says. “It was a mutual agreement, and we parted ways amicably.”

This is one of several restaurants to depart the Preston-Royal storefront in recent years. Santos (initially known as Nando’s) closed in September of last year. Before that there was Spanish/Colombian-inspired Cava, which took the place of the French restaurant Les Rendezvous.

The next occupant, Greek Isles, is one that the shopping center’s owner, Robert Mitchell, has been eying for about a year and a half. The restaurant has operated in Plano since 1994 and has a good reputation among Greek lovers.

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