Those who’ve been here a while know Preston Royal has changed quite a bit over the decades. It used to have a movie theater, but in its place now sits a liquor store. When Carol Short was growing up here, there wasn’t a plethora of sit-down restaurants. Visitors could choose from places like Burger King, an ice cream parlor called Sally B, the soda fountain at Dougherty’s and El Chico.
“As we grew up, there weren’t that many families anymore,” says Short, who worked for the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce for decades. “But it’s certainly turned back to now where families are there moving into those larger, new homes. The neighborhood has cycled.”
Short guesses the biggest fuss over a restaurant leaving was spurred on by El Chico, which was owned by the Cuellar family. When one business left, another seemed to quickly replace it.
PRINCI ITALIA opened its Preston Royal location in 2011. Before then, suite 707 housed Popolos Cafe, an Italian cafe and bakery. It first started serving pizza and pasta in 1993 and remained until late 2009.
NEUHAUS CAFE arrived at suite 626 in 2004. Owner Mervyn Sacher says Preston Royal is one of the best intersections in the city. When the tornado struck our neighborhood in 2019, Nehaus was barely touched, though other shops just steps away lost windows and roofs. Before Sacher set up shop, suite 626 was home to a children’s clothing store.