The Bartolotta Restaurant Group has announced that Taqueria El Jefe, a fast casual chef-driven taco concept, will open at 11200 W. Burleigh St. in the Mayfair Collection on Monday, June 21.
When it comes to tacos, El Jefe aims to offer up spectacular, chef-inspired tacos with creative fillings that can't be found anywhere else in the city. There will also be housemade tortillas that are grilled to order. And Joe Bartolotta says there will be traditional el pastor tacos, made with a classic vertical rotisserie.
The concept, which is now found all over Mexico, is a legacy left by Lebanese natives who brought the vertical broilers to Mexico to cook lamb during a wave of immigration in the mid-20th century. In turn, Mexican taco purveyors adapted the equipment to fit their cuisine.
"There may be a grilled octopus taco," says Bartolotta. "And we're looking at putting mushrooms, brussels sprouts and kale in a taco."
Margaritas – batched and served from a machine – will be available for order either blended or on the rocks. There will be tequila shots. And agua fresca. And plenty of Mexican Coca-Cola.
The concept is the third of four restaurants planned for the Mayfair Collection, which includes Osgood’s, ABV Social and the final concept Cafe Grace, a French cafe which is slated to open on July 19.
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