Well, this is interesting. Alero, the Tex-Mex place at 3345 14th Street NW, has changed to El Tio Tex-Mex, a chain based in Virginia. A reader sent me this photo the other day, though it's kind of strange -- why would a place change from one Tex-Mex chain to another?
Alero's website no longer mentions the Columbia Heights location, though El Tio's website doesn't mention it either -- they have locations in Falls Church, Gainesville and McLean, all of which get 4 stars on Yelp. Alero only got three stars, so maybe this is a step up for Tex-Mex fans.
I can't say I ever went to this Alero, but it was automatically a step up from Rumbero's, which was in the spot before Alero came. That place had terrible service and crummy food (in my opinion.) Alero had a bit more of a bar-lounge vibe from what I could tell walking by.
Have you been to either El Tio or Alero? Is this a good thing?