A new taco joint and a Spanish tapas restaurant and bar are opening this month in Traverse City, bringing more late-night food and drink options to downtown. The Ticker has the details on the two ventures – West Front Street’s Barrio Tacos and Union Street’s Bahia – plus more restaurant news from across the region.
Cleveland-based restaurant chain Barrio Tacos will open the doors to its first northern Michigan location Thursday (July 8) at 305 West Front Street in the new 4Front Credit Union headquarters building. The company, which has a dozen locations across several states (including one in East Lansing), offers a “high-energy casual dining experience” specializing in build-your-own tacos, according to Assistant General Manager Jazz Overholt. Guests can customize every aspect of the taco (hard or soft, corn or flour, braised beef or spicy, etc.), with roughly a dozen protein and sauce/salsa choices and add-ons like cheese, cilantro, onions, lettuce, and tomatoes. The menu also includes a variety of “chef’s selection” tacos, appetizers, margaritas and cocktails, and extensive tequila, whiskey, and beer lists.
The Traverse City restaurant can accommodate 116 seated customers or up to 140 standing and will feature an “open air flow” format with garage doors and outdoor patio seating, according to Overholt. Guests can expect hand-painted décor inside the space, including a series of skeleton-themed “celebration of life” murals by…