Taco Cabana® Brings Iconic Texas Tango Frogs Home To Dallas
Bob "Daddy-O" Wade's art returns to original location in historic neighborhood
DALLAS, June 24, 2014
DALLAS, June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Thirty years after Texas artist Bob
"Daddy-O" Wade's famous dancing frogs were removed from the rooftop of a
Dallas nightclub, Taco Cabana^® is bringing them back to their original
address in the historic Lower Greenville entertainment district.
Taco Cabana, a subsidiary of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.
The famous 10-foot "Tango Frogs", named after the '80s nightclub Tango, were
removed on June 28, 1984, after a notorious sign ordinance fight with the City
of Dallas. Three of the frogs were sold to the Carl's Corner truck stop near
Hillsboro, Texas, and for decades stood alongside Interstate 35. On June 27,
2014, Taco Cabana, the San Antonio-based restaurant chain known for authentic,
handmade Mexican food, will unveil them atop the restaurant at 1827 Greenville
Avenue—where Tango once stood.
"We've always known that our Lower Greenville location is a very special
place, and with the revitalization of the neighborhood, the Tango Frogs are
the perfect addition," said Taco Cabana COO Todd Coerver, who grew up in
Dallas. "The whole city is excited about the frogs' homecoming, and we
couldn't be happier to have them on our roof, where they belong."
To celebrate the Tango Frogs' homecoming, Taco Cabana will host an '80s-themed
patio party at the restaurant this Thursday, June 26, from 4–9 p.m. The frogs
will be available for photo ops on the ground before being hoisted to their
rooftop perch that evening. The Tango Frogs reinstallation will be dedicated
during a ceremony the following day. Wade will be in attendance.
"I'm proud to collaborate with a forward-thinking company like Taco Cabana
that's helping bring the arts back to the Lower Greenville community," said
Wade, whose 40-foot-long, 12-foot-high iguana famously topped the roof of the
Lone Star Cafe in New York City before the Fort Worth Zoo brought it back to
Texas. "I look forward to seeing them back where I originally imagined them,
and it's nice to know they were missed so much while they were gone."
The idea to bring the frogs back came from longtime Lower Greenville denizen
Ray Elizardo. Last year, Elizardo approached Tim Taft, the CEO of Taco
Cabana's parent company, Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. The two discussed the
frogs' cult following and the community's desire to see the Tango Frogs
returned home as part of the larger neighborhood renaissance.
"When Ray came to us with the idea of bringing the frogs back to Lower
Greenville, it was like he switched on a light—we knew instantly that it was
the right thing to do. This community has supported us for many years, and
bringing home their Tango Frogs is a way of giving back to them," said Taft.
"The frogs not only connect the Taco Cabana location to its history, but also
to Fiesta Restaurant Group, whose symbol is the Latin American tree frog.
Coerver and Taco Cabana's marketing team immediately began working to bring
the frogs back."
The Tango Frogs will be a permanent installation atop the Taco Cabana on Lower
About Taco Cabana^®
Taco Cabana, a subsidiary of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRGI), was
founded more than 35 years ago in San Antonio and specializes in authentic
Mexican food, made fresh by hand, including fajitas, quesadillas, flautas,
enchiladas, burritos, tacos, flour tortillas and a selection of
made-from-scratch salsas and sauces. Restaurants feature open display cooking,
a selection of beer and tequila margaritas, patio dining and drive-thru
windows. As of Jan. 1, 2014, Taco Cabana operates more than 170 company-owned
and franchised restaurants in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
About Fiesta Restaurant Group^®
Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. owns, operates and franchises Pollo Tropical^®,
Taco Cabana and Cabana Grill^™ restaurant brands. The brands specialize in the
operation of fast-casual, ethnic restaurants that offer distinct and unique
flavors with broad appeal at a compelling value. The brands feature
made-from-scratch cooking, fresh salsa bars, drive-thru service and catering.
For more information about Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., visit the corporate
website at www.frgi.com.
Mary Kate Jeffries or Brooke Feachen
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