The restaurant formerly known as Tacos Tequila Whiskey could pour its last straw in Cap Hill this month.
Owner Kevin Morrison told BusinessDen last week that the restaurant’s 10-year lease at 215 E. 7th Ave. and its equipment went on sale last month, and a deal with a potential buyer could be reached towards the end of January.
If so, the 1,500-square-foot restaurant in the Governor’s Park sub-district will close around that time, he said.
Tacos Tequila Whiskey opened on the site in March 2018, following locations in City Park (2012) and West Highland (2013).
In August, as the pandemic pushed people into take-out and delivery, Morrison tweaked the restaurant’s model and rebranded it to a fast-casual concept called Taco Bar.
Taco Bar serves 11 different tacos, some of which were offered at TTW – like al pastor and the “Fish N Beer” beer tacos – and some that weren’t, like the pastrami and beef tongue tacos smoke.
Morrison still loves the Taco Bar concept, but he decided he needed a different location.
“It doesn’t have the exact layout we need for what we envisioned and would cost too much to get what we wanted,” Morrison said. “So we just decided to look for something that fits our needs to see if this concept is worth expanding beyond one or two stores.”
Taco Bar is set up for takeout and delivery, but also has room for bar dining.
“I was one of the original founders of Spicy Pickle, and when I left I was out of casual fashion for a while, and really enjoyed it,” Morrison said. “But looking at the different segments, I thought we would have a good opportunity to go fast-casual with less labor. We want to do something with a full-service feel with a bar, but in a segment fast and laid back, as this will open up more growth opportunities on the road instead of just having a seated taqueria.
Morrison said he doesn’t have a solid new location for Taco Bar.
Morrison’s KTM Restaurant Group also owns Fish N Beer, a seafood restaurant that opened in 2016 at 3510 Larimer St. in RiNo.
Just down the street from the Taco Bar, Aloy Thai is getting ready to open.
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