Once just a humble food truck in a Tofino gravel parking lot, Tacofino continues to move toward global (or at least British Columbian) domination by announcing the opening of a new location in Squamish.
Tacofino Squamish will operate in the Squamish Station shopping centre just off the Sea to Sky Highway, making it a perfect pit-top for those heading back from Whistler-Blackcomb or looking to reward themselves after hiking the Chief.
The 20-seat location will be all-in on the tacos and burritos that have made the growing chain a favourite of Tofino surfers, Kits beach bums, Hasting-Sunrise hipster families, and Gastown creatives. In other words, please, please, please let there be the signature Albacore Tuna tacos with sesame glaze and wasabi mayo, crispy Chicken Burritos with black chili oil, spices rice, and cabbage, and vegan options like Roasted Brussels Sprout tacos with crispy sweet potato and smoked mayo.
Daily happy hour will stretch from 3 to 6 pm with imported and local beers, as well as Tacofino’s signature Margaritas. Decor-wise expect a room that’s “bright and relaxed” while paying stripped-down homage to the classic diners of California, ’80s-minimalism, and hand-drawn DIY punk posters.
Creating the look of the locale is designer Shiloh Sukkau, who’s working with Studio Beige architect Nada Awadi and graphic artist Courtney Presber.
“With a focus on functionality and simplicity the interior features clean lines and simple geometric forms and a monochromatic colour scheme that references the minimalist movement," Sukkau told the Straight. “This interior is contrasted with bolder, hand-drawn punk-inspired illustrations on the walls, menus, and tableware. The result is a space that pays homage to two distinct and relevant design styles of the '80s, creating an atmosphere that captures the non-conforming and fresh ethos of Tacofino.”
Tacofino Squamish will be open seven days a week with a full takeout program. The scheduled opening date is later this summer—good news for hikers, and even better news for those already making their Whistler-Blackcomb plans.
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