BODEGA TAQUERIA Y TEQUILA SPICES UP COCONUT GROVE THIS SUMMER 2022 - Food & Beverage Magazine

BODEGA TAQUERIA Y TEQUILA SPICES UP COCONUT GROVE THIS SUMMER 2022

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, South Florida’s iconic brand – known for its casual taco joint by day and exciting lounge by night – will officially open the doors to its highly anticipated Coconut Grove outpost in Summer 2022.  Bringing its high-energy vibe to one of Miami’s most exciting neighborhoods, the Coconut Grove location will be located at 3419 Main Highway and housed in a historic 3,276-square-foot space built in 1922.  Now, a century later, the space has been reimagined to reflect the brand’s trademark design, pumped with neon signs and bright colors thoughtfully juxtaposed by traditional, old-world Mexican design elements. The brand’s new bi-level, hybrid concept, which debuted in the West Palm Beach location earlier this year, will offer a three-part experience: a fast-casual, taco shack; a speakeasy lounge for specialty cocktails, live music, and entertainment; and the newest addition to the brand, a mezcaleria serving high-end mezcal and tequila along with exclusive tasting experiences.

 

“We are excited to continue growing the Bodega footprint with the opening of our first South Miami location,” said Jared Galbut, Co-Founder and President of Bodega Taqueria y Tequila. “The beautiful and historic Coconut Grove neighborhood is undoubtedly experiencing a moment of tremendous resurgence, and we are thrilled to be among the restaurant groups and businesses contributing to its revival.”

 

Guests enter at the ground level of the Taco Shack, where they are immediately taken in by the aromas of Mexican street food-inspired cuisine wafting from the quintessential airstream trailer-turned-taco-truck. True to the brand’s commitment to deliver fresh menu items in a warm and lively setting, the menu is stacked with classic and innovative dishes locals and visitors alike have come to expect from the revered brand. All the popular items like Nachos and Quesadillas; legendary Burritos and Tacos, like the Barbacoa made with guajillo braised short rib, cotija cheese, red onion, potato sticks, cilantro, and salsa rosada; health- and vegetarian-friendly Build Your Own Bowls;and, of course Frozen Margaritas, are available to order for dine-in, pickup and delivery.

 

Journey past the first floor taqueria — down a graffiti-lined hallway with commissioned artwork by legendary local artist, MSG — and emerge in a sprawling speakeasy lounge disguised behind a porta potty door. Here, beneath a jaw-dropping 30-foot skylight, guests will enjoy signature cocktails and regular weekly programming including Live Music Wednesdays, sporting-event watch parties, excuses for day-drinking, and more.

 

Venture upstairs for a more upscale and intimate experience with the mezcaleria, featuring an extraordinary collection of rare tequilas and mezcals for patrons interested in leveling up their agave-based spirits’ knowledge.  A have-it-your-way experience gives guests the option to sip a curated selection from the exclusive cocktail menu or opt for pours or rotating flights. Tasting events for rare and limited releases and master classes led by experts from visiting distilleries will be offered throughout the year.

 

Bodega’s second floor design showcases an array of beautiful details for the eye to enjoy, including an ornate wood entrance door, distressed aromatic leathers, aged brass metal finishes, and velvet drapery in agave-green accents. Hand-painted tin ceiling tiles by muralist Juan Rosas add color to the already whimsical décor featuring an eclectic mix of “found” seating and artwork. Together, these thoughtful details are meant to evoke the primitive feel of haciendas and create an ambiance with an undeniable energy that harks one back, nostalgically, to a bygone era of Mexican opulence.

 

The Coconut Grove opening is part of a tremendous expansion for both the Bodega brand and the Miami neighborhood, the latter of which is currently experiencing a renaissance that has brought in a slew of new businesses to the area. Bodega’s flagship location opened in South Beach in 2015, followed by Fort Lauderdale in 2020. In August 2021, the first taqueria-only Bodega opened in Aventura, followed by a West Palm Beach spot in February 2022.  In early 2023, a second South Miami location will open in Coral Gables, followed by the opening of Bodega Taqueria y Tequila in Chicago, the first of several out-of-state locations. Additional Florida expansion includes a taqueria-only location at the Natiivo Miami Hotel & Residences in downtown Miami, as well as a hybrid concept in Wynwood.

 

For more information about Bodega, please visit BodegaTaqueria.com and follow along on Facebook,  InstagramTwitter and TikTok.

 

ABOUT BODEGA TAQUERIA Y TEQUILA 

Founded in South Beach in 2015 by Menin Hospitality’s Keith Menin and Jared Galbut, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila is South Florida’s iconic brand offering an array of Mexican street food along with a unique night-life experience serving up award-winning tequila and cocktails. The Mexican-inspired concept features an extensive menu showcasing authentic Mexican favorites along with unconventional and innovative interpretations. Since its inception, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila has been nationally recognized and revered as one of the region’s hottest culinary and night-life destinations. Known to be the first to introduce fast-casual Mexican fare to South Beach, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila has received several accolades from top media outlets such as GQ Magazine, InStyle Magazine and HuffPost, among others.

 

The brand currently has a total of five locations, including two ‘taqueria-only’ concepts in Aventura (2021) and Miami’s iconic FTX Arena (2020), along with three full-service ‘taqueria y tequila’ concepts in South Beach (2015), Fort Lauderdale (2020), and West Palm Beach (2022). Bodega Taqueria y Tequila is currently undergoing an expansion and gearing up to welcome several new outposts this year and in 2023. For more information, please visit https://www.bodegataqueria.com/

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