Tacofino to open fifth Vancouver location in Mount Pleasant

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      It feels like only yesterday when Tacofino expanded from its humble roots in Tofino and made its way across the water to Vancouver. Since its launch in 2009, the food truck start-up has been consistently adding to its roster of brick-and-mortar eateries in the city—and the next one comes this fall.

      The laidback Mexican-meets-West Coast joint has announced its plans to open an eatery in Mount Pleasant (8 East 5th Avenue) later this year, which will be the local company’s fifth standalone establishment in town.

      The 2,800-square-foot restaurant is located in the refurbished Lightworks Building originally built in 1942, and will seat 100 guests in its dining room and horseshoe-shaped bar. Similar to its Gastown counterpart, it will also have a take-out counter for grab-and-go items.

      We’re sure that Tacofino’s Michelin-starred executive chef Stefan Hartmann will be bringing some of the favourites onto its menu (like nachos and fish tacos), but guests can also expect new items that include fire-grilled meat and veggie dishes.

      Tacofino's co-founders Kaeli Robinsong and Jason Sussman with their little ones.

      Vancouver designer Shiloh Sukkau is at the helm of the interior, who will bring a touch of West Coast vibes to the industrial space with a muted colour palette and folk art-inspired flower imagery.

      “Whether it’s Tofino, Victoria, or Vancouver, we always hold tight to our founding principles of serving up fresh and affordable fare with an environmental and nutritional conscience,” Kaeli Robinsong, co-founder of Tacofino alongside Jason Sussman, said in a press statement. “We also take pride in creating beautiful spaces and being part of vibrant, growing communities like Mount Pleasant.”

      Tacofino’s other outlets are located in Gastown, Yaletown, Hastings-Sunrise, and Downtown Vancouver; it also operates three food trucks around the city.

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