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Sep 29, 2007 05:49 PM

Taqueria La Mexicana is expanding

After a fabulous plate of nachos at Taqueria La Mexicana this afternoon (freshly fried chips make the dish), we had a long chat with taco Bob, the owner. He has purchased the building from his previous landlord and is currently renovating the space next door, the former and unlamented (by me and most of the neighbors anyway) Irish Eyes bar. He took us on a tour of the construction. It's a big space and he's planning on opening an 80 seat dining room with a full bar (can you say margaritas? Bob can) when the work is done in November or December. The kitchen will expand a bit into the current dining room and that side of the restaurant will remain open for take out business. Bob's super nice, and he and his wife turn out fantastic chow. Go in and chat with him and I'm sure he'll be happy to show you his expansion plans too.

Perhaps a chow excursion will be in order when the dining room opens. I for one am very excited.

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  1. Oh excellent. Last time I talked to him there were tax issues with the Irish Eyes space ... so glad he persevered. I am hoping that the expansion doesn't take anything away from the food. It's my favorite guilty pleasure places ... nachos with carnitas!!!

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    1. re: yumyum

      Yay for Roberto Rendon! This is great news. I thought for sure this was dead when I spoke with him last spring due to the aforementioned tax issues. I saw the work going on when I was there for a late lunch on Friday (killer pork taco plate - mmmmm), but Roberto was not in and I was in a hurry so I did not inquire. Considering that La Taq has been serving up the same great food since 1994, this expansion is a true neighborhood success story.

      I hope I can make the chow excursion in a few months! I'm getting hungry just thinking about the tamals, nachos, enchiladas, tacos and other yummy goodies that will undoubtedly be part of this.

      1. re: Bob MacAdoo

        Roberto was kind enough to give me a tour of the construction space when I stopped by for some lunchtime Chili Rellenos.

        If things come together, he says they will be open in January (I suspect February is more likely the date.)

        One note to the regulars: He is shutting down around Thanksgiving to expand the kitchen. The closing will last two weeks.

        On the positive side, the expansion will bring an expanded menu. I could not pry the particulars from him, but he did mention that entrees with mole will be one new offering. Should be interesting to see what he comes up with.

        1. re: Bob MacAdoo

          Robert's wife is working on some new dishes and she asked me to come by to give her some constructive criticism. They're pretty excited about the whole thing.

          1. re: almansa

            Excited and nervous was the vibe I got from him. They've put a lot on the line to both buy the building and do the renovations. As I said in the OP, I'm excited. By the way, we had take-out from them last weekend and I was apprehensive about the nachos surviving their journey back to Davis Square, but they were delicious and not soggy.

            1. re: DavisSquare

              I think they will do just fine. My sense is that if the place in Inman (Ole) can do very well well just serving dinner, brunch and drinks at a much higher price point (apps $5-11, entress $18-27), La Taq will do killer busness thanks to its great food, its low prices, and it's liquor license, which I did not ask about per se, but I imagine is a 1:00 a.m.

              I just hope they keep the take out and catering going. I don't get out as much as I'd like, so these are two important options for me and my family.

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      1. Great news. I absolutely love the food there, but occasionally pass by the place because I'm looking for more atmosphere. Come December I'll probably be going there a lot more often!

        1. Does anyone know if they plan to shut down for any period of time for renoviations? This is a favorite spot of mine, and I would be dissapointed to trek over there to find it closed.

          Also, anyone else concerned about parking? It can be tough down there at times, and my guess is that this will add to the problem.

          I look forward to seeing what they do with the place though, as well as trying their margaritas. Good for them.

          1. This is great news, and dulls the pain a bit from the bad news of O Cantinho's recent demise, which I just found out about.