It'll soon be taco time for customers at the Alamo Drafthouse and other Richardson Heights residents when a third branch of Taco Joint opens in the quaint shopping center later this year.
The Dallas taqueria mini-chain takes over the space next to Party City that was previously used as a lounge for the annual Dallas VideoFest. The goal is to open by late summer.
"It's still in limbo as far as when, maybe three months?" says Chad Davenport, who works at the original branch on Peak Street in East Dallas. "There's still a lot of work to do."
Owners Jeffrey Kowitz and Corey McCauley launched Taco Joint in 2008 hoping to re-create the taco spots they'd had while living in Austin. Their debut pre-dated the ensuing onslaught of Fuzzy's, Torchy's, Rusty Taco and the like.
Taco Joint is especially treasured for breakfast tacos such as the migas, but it also offers daily specials such as fish tacos on Friday, and everyone loves the spicy jalapeño ranch dressing.
The second, more spacious branch opened at Mockingbird Lane and Abrams Road in 2012, where they were extended the hours to dinner and added beer and margaritas. "Opening for dinner was a no-brainer; we got a lot of requests to stay open for dinner at the current location, but it wasn't feasible," McCauley said at the time.
The space in Richardson will be even larger than the one in Lakewood, Davenport says. "It'll be a full bar with 14 taps, and we'll have a huge banquet room for catering."