The restaurants logo | Courtesy of Citizen 7
The restaurants logo | Courtesy of Citizen 7

Salivate a little longer.

The newest Norton Commons restaurant, Citizen 7, is opening in two weeks. Citizen 7 is a taco-focused establishment that markets itself as having the “best darn margarita ever.”

“We feel like we are fusing Latin, Mexican and Caribbean food,” said Paul Blackburn Jr., who co-owns Citizen 7 with Alex Tinker and three unnamed investors.

The food menu was crafted with the help of chef Allan Rosenberg (of Fontleroys) and includes tacos like the duck confit taco with cinnamon pineapple salsa, pomegranate glaze potatoes, rajas and Cotija cheese.

Citizen 7’s head chef is Kyle Schwan, formerly executive chef at O’Shea’s Public House, and Adam Sabin, who worked at Tinker’s Commonwealth Tap in Norton Commons, has come on as general manager.

The restaurant was originally slated to open sometime this fall but was delayed.

“It is hard to always get the right resources lined up at the right time,” Blackburn told Insider, leaving it at that.

Blackburn didn’t want to put an exact date on the opening in case of any last minute holdups. Citizen 7 is still training its 25 to 30 employees, and final touches are still being put on “stylistic pieces” in the restaurant.

Blackburn did not give up much detail on the look of Citizen 7, which the company worked on with a local artist.

“We are gonna try to keep all those secret. Make it a surprise for folks,” he said.

Citizen 7 will seat about 105 people when it opens and add about 40 seats on its outdoor patio once the weather warms up. The restaurant also has accordion doors that can be opened to connect the patio to the interior of the Citizen 7.

“We are going to be a very fun, exciting open place,” Blackburn said.

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Caitlin Bowling
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]