Authentic Mexican restaurant Taqueria Jalisco started small with just a food truck, then expanded into a Main Street storefront. Now, owners are adding a second location in Miller Plaza.
"The second storefront came from demand," operator of Taqueria Jalisco Jorge Parra said in a prepared statement. "Our Southside location is small, and we want to be able to serve everyone that wants to dine with us. This second location allows us to expand our service and keep the friendly and intimate atmosphere we and our customers enjoy."
The business started out at 300 Main St. with just the smaller truck. Parra and his mother, Maria, who manages the kitchen, also had a grocery store for a while on Main Street next to their truck, according to archives.
And then Taqueria Jalisco moved to Rossville Avenue off Main Street in November 2011.
In 2012, operators added a new kitchen to allow for faster service and an expanded menu.
Now, with the Southside location thriving, the business is moving to Miller Plaza on the east corner bordering Cherry Street.
The restaurant that had been in that location, J's Deli, has moved to Chestnut Street.
Taqueria Jalisco's second location will have a similar menu to the one at the Southside location. It will be open for lunch and on select nights for dinner, especially during this summer's Nightfall concert series, which starts in May.
The new location will open in late March or early April.
Parra said that operators will hire about five more people.
And they are working with designer Nate Galui, who is known for his work on shows such as "HGTV Design Star" and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."
Crews are gutting the entire building to make for a more industrial look, and operators said the restaurant will remain relatively small with a seating area for about 15 people, he said.
Jim Williamson, vice president of planning and development at River City Company, which owns and operates Miller Plaza, said that Taqueria Jalisco is the right tenant for that space.
"It’s a quality food choice that will bring people to the area," he said in a prepared statement. "Attracting this type of tenant is an integral part of making City Center a place people want to be 'round-the-clock."
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Updated @ 11:12 a.m. on 2/27/14 to add more information.