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Taqueria has designs on downtown Dallas location left by Stephan Pyles

Taqueria has designs on downtown Dallas location left by Stephan Pyles

Taqueria la Ventana
Tortaco will have an upscale version of the tacos like those served at cousin concept Taqueria La Ventana. Photo via Yelp

The downtown Dallas address that was formerly home to Stephan Pyles’ San Salvaje restaurant has a new tenant: Tortaco, a new Mexican concept with tacos and more from restaurateur Mike Karns.

Tortaco is part of the Firebird Restaurant Group, which includes El Fenix, Meso Maya, and Taqueria La Ventana.

The concept, which is also opening a branch in Fort Worth, is a casual restaurant with a chef-driven menu developed by chef Nico Sanchez of Meso Maya and Taqueria La Ventana fame. The menu will be a step up from Taqueria La Ventana, with tacos and more. Tortaco will also feature a full bar with signature cocktails.

Karns, who also owns the Snuffer's burger chain, was unavailable for comment. But a spokesperson for 2100 Ross Avenue, where the restaurant will open on the ground floor, predicted that Tortaco would open "in the next few months." The space sits on a corner in the Arts District, with a street-side patio.

Karns has a big stake in downtown Dallas, where he already runs Meso Maya and Taqueria La Ventana, near the Perot Museum, and he has opened a Taqueria La Ventana at the Dallas Farmers Market.

But Dallas isn't the only downtown on his radar: He's also opening a Meso Maya in downtown Fort Worth. Both Meso Maya and Tortaco will open there later in 2016. And a Meso Maya will open at Mockingbird Lane and Abrams Road in June.

San Salvaje was Pyles' Latin-Peruvian restaurant, which closed in October 2015 a little more than a year after it opened. Before that, the space was Samar, Pyles' global-cuisine restaurant with interesting food and good specials.