Thursday, August 21, 2008

El Taco Takes Over Former Sala Space

The owners of Fifth Group Restaurants have joined forces with Executive Chef Shaun Doty, owner of Shaun’s, to create The Original El Taco in the former Sala space in Virginia-Highland. The new restaurant will open in mid-October. Doty is developing recipes for creative Mexican fare like tacos, tortas and salsas, and the Fifth Group Restaurants team is working with William Peace, Peace Design, to change the look and feel of the restaurant.

“The Original El Taco will be lively, bright, open, and - most of all - fun,” said Robby Kukler, co-owner of Fifth Group Restaurants. “We have known Shaun for years and when we found out he had been thinking about doing Mexican too, we knew it was a great partnership.”

“I love Mexican food and have wanted to do a restaurant like this for a while,” said Doty. “To have this opportunity to work with the pros at Fifth Group Restaurants is great.”

“We are going to create an easy, approachable destination for great Mexican food,” added Kukler.

Doty will work with a chef de cuisine at El Taco when the restaurant opens, while remaining executive chef at Shaun’s. The Original El Taco is located at 1186 North Highland Avenue N.E. (formerly Sala) and will be open for dinner nightly. Fifth Group Restaurants sold Sala in mid-2007 and reacquired it in July 2008.

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1 comment:

Andrew said...

Fifth group will have their hands full on opening day. They will have to make sure the new concept goes off without a hitch while a protest takes place in the parking lot. It's a pity they couldn't have just paid the former employees of Sala all the captured credit card tips that they stole from the Sala employees. Hopefully they'll learn from this mistake and stop using underhanded business tactics, but I doubt it. Maybe a good old fashioned protest with the major news groups there will teach them a valuable lesson about ethics and stealing money from the little man.