Monday, May 10, 2010

More on Paco's Tacos

Paco's Tacos & Tequila should be open sometime near the end of June at 6401 Morrison Blvd. near SouthPark (formerly Manzetti's), serving Tex-Mex fare, says managing partner Frank Scibelli.

Scibelli once spent time as a consultant traveling to Fort Worth, where Pappasito's is "the gold standard. I wanted to do a Tex-Mex place along that genre." Plus, he wearies of people confusing Mexican (which he serves at Cantina 1511) and Tex-Mex, which is a whole different creature, and he wants to create a clear separation.

Robb Walsh, a food writer, critic and expert in Tex-Mex cuisine, toured Scibelli and his party around places in the area, and will be coming to Charlotte to help kick-start the venture, says Scibelli. Expect fajitas, lots from a wood-fired grill, chicken-fried steak, a tortilla machine in the dining room and some 60 tequilas, plus a draft system that serves up beer at 29 degrees (that's the coldest it can be, without freezing, apparently). Seafood from the Gulf was planned, but that's now being reexamined, based on the oil spill.

Also coming up from Scibelli and partners -- he says about 80-85 percent of the ownership is the same among this, Cantina 1511 and Big Daddy's Burger Bar -- are two Big Daddy's, which will be called Bad Daddy's because of a trademark issue. One will be in Wilmington, Del., and one "elsewhere."


Anonymous said...

yum i love all of frank's charlotte restaurants! mama's & cantina are 2 all time favorites. i didn't know this one was his work as well! keep them coming!! update us when a g/o date is set, please helen!

Julie O said...

I want to be among the first diners at this new place when it opens...yummmm

Anonymous said...

Pappasito's is one of my favorite restaurants! I can't wait to try Frank's take on it.