Are tacos still a thing? The team from Deep Ellum brewpub Braindead Brewing says yes with Bowls and Tacos, a new restaurant they'll open at 3400 Commerce St. That's the gorgeous vintage Gulf station at the corner of Canton Street that has been inexplicably empty for some years.
As an explanation for "why tacos," Braindead owner Sam Wynne tells SideDish that Deep Ellum is "sorely in need" of that food group. He'll open this new concept with his partners from Braindead including Jeff Fryman, brewer Andrew Huerter, and chef David Peña.
In addition to tacos, Bowls and Tacos will serve poke bowls, a Hawaiian dish with raw fish, rice, seaweed, and avocado that Wynne describes as a "healthier eating option."
There will also be beer and margaritas made with fortified wine, crafted by cocktail guy Mate Hartai.
According to SideDish's Nancy Nichols, Bowls and Tacos will have a small dining room but a big patio, and the hoped-for opening date is by the end of the year.
Nabbing that gas station is a major coup. It is located on the farthest end of Deep Ellum, headed towards Exposition Park, and in recent years had functioned as somewhat of a squatter's hang. It joins neighboring establishments DoubleWide and Cold Beer Company. For years, it was owned by Maynard Riegel, who operated Riegel's Gulf Service there for decades. Riegel died in January 2016.