Tex-Mex restaurant the Original El Taco is closing this month after 14 years in Virginia-Highland. The Fifth Group-backed restaurant, which first opened in 2008 along North Highland Avenue, closes after service on Sunday, March 19.
But the space won’t remain empty for long, as Fifth Group plans to renovate it and open a new restaurant there later this summer.
“We’ve been in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood since 1999 when we first opened La Tavola. We love our regulars and neighbors and want to bring them something fresh and new,” a statement provided to Eater from Fifth Group partner Steve Simon reads. “The area is seeing an influx of investment, growth, and new retail and restaurants and we’re excited to match that energy with a brand new concept.”
Over its decade-plus existence in Virginia-Highland, El Taco became known for its takes on tacos like the gaujillo cauliflower, blackened fish, and fried chicken. The Big Daddy nacho stack, another popular dish on the menu, comes loaded with pork carnitas, refried beans, grilled peppers and onions, cheese, and crispy onions topped with a fried egg. Both the margaritas and sangria at El Taco are highlights on the drinks menu.
The El Taco locations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Concourses C and F remain open, as does Ecco on Concourse F.