Clarksville is saying goodbye to one purveyor of tacos and hello to another. Taco Flats has purchased Zocalo Cafe at 1110 W. Lynn St. and Zocalo will cease operations effective Friday.
Zocalo partners Chris Courtney, Kelly Chappell, and Jay Bunda, who also own and operate Galaxy Cafe, opened the Mexican restaurant in 2007 with the intention of bringing fresher ingredients and flavors to standard Mexican fare. In the time since Zocalo opened, the owners have also purchased Top Notch Hamburgers, which will open in Hutto next year, and expanded the Galaxy Cafe brand.
Simon Madera rebooted Taco Flats brand, which became legendary in Austin under founder Hector Alvarado and later owners Linda and Carl Steele, and moved it to Burnet Road in 2014.
The new Taco Flats will open Monday, serving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Expect the same Mexico City-inspired tacos as the location on Burnet Road, along with 20 beers on tap and a full bar.
“I recognize Zocalo Cafe as a beloved neighborhood cafe and I don’t want the community to lose that overnight,” says Taco Flats owner Simon Madera. He wants to keep the restaurant operating while he finalizes plans to bring his neighborhood bar approach to the historic Clarksville Neighborhood.
Though the original Zocalo will be saying goodbye this week, this is not the last you will hear from the restaurant founded by longtime Austinites. Zocalo is slated to open an outpost in the international terminal at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport later this year.
“We are beyond proud of what we have built with Zocalo Cafe,” Chappell said. ”As we grow our hospitality group we realized that we needed to give the Top Notch expansion and new Galaxy locations all of our attention. Simon has built a wonderful restaurant with Taco Flats and we could not ask for a better partner to take over the space.”
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