Mexican restaurant and live music venue Rock n’ Taco relocates to Roswell next month after six years on Roswell Road in Buckhead. The Buckhead location is now closed. The self-proclaimed “gourmet taqueria” takes over the former Pastis French bistro at the corner of Canton and Magnolia streets in the heart of Roswell’s dining district.
The reason for the move comes down to space, which is nearly three times the size of the Buckhead location and will include updated “state-of-the-art” equipment. Owner Brad Hancock takes on a new partner in the Roswell venture, John Michael Brunetti — one of the original owners of Midtown gastropub Cypress Street Pint and Plate.
Hancock also has a special connection to the space. He worked there as a food runner and dish washer in the 1980s when the building housed his father’s Montego Bay restaurant.
Originally a Ford dealership during the 1920s, Hancock and Brunetti plan to give the building a $1.5 million makeover with a 30-seat private dining room, new audio and video systems with online capabilities, a large projector screen, and 28 TVs. The partners will also restore the building’s original garage doors in front.
As for the menu, it receives its own makeover, including the “addition of healthy salads, more entrée and taco offerings” as well as new cocktails.
Beginning next spring, Rock n’ Taco hosts a ten-week battle of the bands competition featuring ten to 15 bands nightly on the main stage.
“We have all this homegrown talent that’s developing here, and we want to provide a home for these acts as they blow up to the next level,” Brunetti says in the press release. “We want people to be able to say they saw their next favorite artist when they were just starting out on our stage.”
Pastis closed in January after 20 years on Canton Street. At the time, sources with ties to the restaurant told Eater Atlanta the building’s landlord wanted to divide it into two “rentable spaces” in order to raise the rent. Rumors were circulating within the Roswell real estate community that Gate City Brewing, located behind the restaurant, might take over a portion of the space with a Canton Street-facing taproom.
Update, October 29, 11:10 a.m.: This story was updated with a new opening timeline of November 2019.
928 Canton Street, Roswell. rockntacoatl.com.