El Taco Luchador will take over the Mabel and Moss space, which is moving downtown. | Courtesy of Google Maps

This story has been updated.

El Taco Luchador plans to expand into the space next door to its Baxter Avenue location, and the boutique occupying it, Mabel and Moss, is moving downtown.

The taqueria moved in four years ago, nearly to the day, following behind two failed restaurant concepts, Potstickers and Li’l Cheezers. The owners of El Taco Luchador were able to take the property, located at 938 Baxter Ave., which some considered cursed, and build a successful business that now has two locations and a third on the way.

However, success in itself can be a blessing and a curse. El Taco Luchador on Baxter needs more room as the small eatery only seats about 24 inside. During the warm months, it nearly doubles its seating capacity, but on bad weather days and in the winter, the space can be cramped.

To remedy its space problem, Olé Restaurant Group, which owns El Taco Luchador and five other restaurant concepts, is taking over Mabel and Moss, the restaurant group confirmed.

“We want to just provide a little more seating for our guests, not so you are standing in a line out the door,” Rick Moir said.

Moir noted he wasn’t sure how many more seats the location will have with the addition.

With El Taco Luchador moving in, Mabel and Moss must move out. Owner Michelle Pellerin told Insider that, indeed, the contemporary and vintage-inspired clothing boutique will not close but simply change locations.

“I am taking a plunge and moving downtown,” she said. Mabel and Moss will close its Baxter Avenue doors at the end of this month.

Pellerin will open on the first floor of the Hilton Garden Inn, 350 W. Chestnut St. The 1,930-square-foot space is roughly double the size of its Baxter Avenue store, she said.

“I think that is a destination place,” she said, noting that Cellar Door Chocolates is next door. She hopes to open sometime in March.

The property is owned and operated by Louisville-based Weyland Ventures.

“We’re very pleased to have a retailer the caliber of Mabel & Moss opening in the heart of South Fourth Street,” Lee Weyland, who oversees commercial property leasing, said in a news release. “We’re also proud to be working with a local small business that is bringing back fine clothing retail to an area of downtown that once was home to several local clothing stores.”

Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]


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