Luchador Masks
Luchador masks are the mark of El Taco Luchador, coming Aug. 21 to Colonial Gardens. | Courtesy of El Taco Luchador

El Taco Luchador Taqueria will open its long-anticipated new location in the newly developed Colonial Gardens on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

The opening originally was announced as June 1, but the date has repeatedly been pushed back. The development, located near Iroquois Park, has been reimagined as a high-end food court, with a pizza concept called Union 15 also slated to open this summer.

The renovation of the property was completed by Underhill Associates; Mayor Greg Fischer said in May the city had invested $2.4 million in the rehabilitation.

Tacos at El Taco Luchador
The new El Taco Luchador will feature the same menu of tacos, tortas and more. | Courtesy of El Taco Luchador

The new, 4,500-square-foot restaurant will be the largest Taco Luchador location so far. The original location in the Highlands recently expanded. The brand is one of several owned by the Olé Hospitality Group.

“This location is exciting for a number of reasons,” said Olé partner Rick Moir in a news release.  “This is by far our best bar, and it connects to an outdoor communal beer garden that will be shared among the restaurants and breweries. It’s going to be a gathering place and a destination for food and music. It’s a real honor to be the first establishment to open in the new Colonial Gardens.”

The restaurant will be decorated like other Taco Luchador locations, with brightly colored walls adorned with traditional luchador masks. The menu will stick to the restaurant’s traditions, with a selection of fresh tacos, tortas, salads and sides.

The Colonial Gardens spot is the fifth Taco Luchador to open. Locations in downtown and Middletown opened last year, while a Taco Luchador opened in St. Matthews in 2017.

Milkwood to host special menu Aug. 6-11

MilkWood and Chef Edward Lee will host a special pop-up menu Aug. 6-11, featuring the creations of Chef Philip Cronin.

A long time Lee associated at MilkWood as well as at Lee’s Washington, D.C., restaurant Succotash, it will be a preview of a project he is launching with his fie called Kismet KY.

The menu will include items like a lamb sausage entrée with fried grits and green tomato relish; charred broccoli with Beechwood mushrooms, chili oil and pickled mustard plant, and Korean fried frog logs with sticky sauce, pickled peppers, mint and cilantro.

“Chef Cronin is one of the most talented chefs to come out of my kitchens and his menu will show the talent and passion that will surely lead to a bright future in the restaurant industry,” Lee said in a news release. “Come get an early taste of Chef Cronin’s menu that will surely be one of the more influential voices in Kentucky for years to come.”

New burger place coming to Shelby Park

New burger place coming to Shelby Park Keep your eyes on the Shelby Park neighborhood, where not only is the Logan Street Market set to open soon,  but a new restaurant also is in the offing. Six Forks Burger Co., which will be part of the Six Forks Restaurant Group, owners of the food truck Pollo, looks to open on an undisclosed time at 1270 S. Preston St. A sneak peek at the menu shows a selection of basic burgers and sandwiches, plus hot dog selections like a chili cheese dog, Chicago dog, Vienna beef dog and a Maxwell Street Polish sausage topped with mustard and grilled onions. A wide selection of toppings are available for build-your-own options, including items like chocolate bourbon sauce, sweet Thai chili, banana peppers, tomatoes and a hot sauce called “Hot Shit.” Sides include seasoned fries, which can be ordered with cheese and/or chili, cast iron green beans and Twisted Corn, described as roasted corn off the cob with parmesan cheese, yum yum sauce, smoked paprika and chives. There’s no indication yet when the restaurant will open.
The future home of Six Forks Burger Co. | Google photo

Keep your eyes on the Shelby Park neighborhood, where not only is the Logan Street Market set to open soon,  but a new restaurant also is in the offing.

Six Forks Burger Co., which will be part of the Six Forks Restaurant Group, owners of the food truck Pollo, looks to open on an undisclosed time at 1270 S. Preston St.

A sneak peek at the menu shows a selection of basic burgers and sandwiches, plus hot dog selections like a chili cheese dog, Chicago dog, Vienna beef dog and a Maxwell Street Polish sausage topped with mustard and grilled onions.

A wide selection of toppings are available for build-your-own options, including items like chocolate bourbon sauce, sweet Thai chili, banana peppers, tomatoes and a hot sauce called “Hot Shit.”

Sides include seasoned fries, which can be ordered with cheese and/or chili, cast iron green beans and Twisted Corn, described as roasted corn off the cob with Parmesan cheese, yum yum sauce, smoked paprika and chives.

There’s no indication yet when the restaurant will open.

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