BODEGA TAQUERIA Y TEQUILA SPICES COCONUT GROVE THIS SUMMER 2022
Bodega Taqueria and Tequilathe iconic South Florida brand – known for its laid-back taco by day and exciting lounge by night – will officially open the doors to its highly anticipated Coconut Grove outpost in the summer of 2022. Bringing its energetic vibe to the one of Miami’s most exciting neighborhoods, the Coconut Grove location will be located at 3419 main road and housed in a historic 3,276 square foot space built in 1922. Now, a century later, the space has been redesigned to reflect the brand’s trademark design, pumped with neon signs and bright colors carefully juxtaposed with traditional and ancient Mexican design. elements. The brand’s new two-tier hybrid concept, which debuted in West Palm Beach earlier this year, will offer a three-part experience: a fast and casual taco shack; a speakeasy lounge for specialty cocktails, live music and entertainment; and the newest addition to the brand, a mezcaleria serving premium mezcal and tequila along with exclusive tasting experiences.
“We are excited to continue to grow Bodega’s footprint with the opening of our first location in South Miami,” said Jared Galbut, co-founder and president of Bodega Taqueria y Tequila. “The beautiful and historic neighborhood of Coconut Grove is undoubtedly experiencing a moment of tremendous resurgence, and we are thrilled to be part of the restaurant groups and businesses contributing to its rebirth.”
Customers enter the ground floor of the Taco Shack, where they are immediately wowed by the aromas of street food-inspired Mexican street food emanating from the quintessential Airstream trailer-turned-taco-truck. True to the brand’s commitment to providing fresh dishes in a warm and lively setting, the menu features classic and innovative dishes that locals and visitors have come to expect from the revered brand. All popular items like Nachos and quesadillas; legendary Burritos and Tacos, as the Barbacoa made with guajillo-braised short ribs, cotija cheese, red onion, potato sticks, cilantro and salsa rosada; healthy and vegetarian friendly Build your own bowls; and of course Frozen Margaritasare available to order for dinner, pickup and delivery.
Walk past the first-floor taqueria – down a graffiti-lined hallway with commissioned artwork by legendary local artist, MSG – and emerge into a sprawling speakeasy lounge disguised behind a porta potty door. Here, under a breathtaking 30-foot canopy, guests can enjoy signature cocktails and regular weekly programming including live music Wednesdays, sporting event watch parties, excuses to drink a day, and more.
Venture upstairs for a more upscale and intimate experience with the mezcaleria, with an extraordinary collection of rare tequilas and mezcals for guests interested in improving their knowledge of agave-based spirits. An experience at your leisure offers guests the option of sipping a curated selection from the exclusive cocktail menu or opting for installments or rotating flights. Rare and limited edition tastings and master classes led by experts from visiting distilleries will be offered throughout the year.
Bodega’s second-floor design features an array of beautiful details to delight the eye, including an ornate wooden front door, aged aromatic leathers, aged brass finishes, and agave green-accented velvet draperies. Hand-painted tin ceiling tiles by muralist Juan Rosas add color to the already whimsical decor with an eclectic mix of “found” seating and artwork. Together, these thoughtful details are meant to evoke the primitive feel of haciendas and create an ambience with an undeniable energy that is nostalgically reminiscent of a bygone era of Mexican opulence.
The opening of Coconut Grove is part of a tremendous expansion for both the Bodega brand and the Miami neighborhood, the latter of which is currently experiencing a renaissance that has brought a host of new businesses to the area. Bodega’s flagship location opened in South Beach in 2015, followed by Fort Lauderdale in 2020. In August 2021, the first taqueria-only Bodega opened in Aventura, followed by a West Palm Beach spot in February 2022. In early 2023, a second South Miami location will open in Coral Gables, followed by the opening of Bodega Taqueria y Tequila in Chicago, the first of several out-of-state locations. Additional expansion in Florida includes a taqueria-only location at the Natiivo Miami Hotel & Residences in Downtown Miami, as well as a hybrid concept at Wynwood.
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ABOUT BODEGA TAQUERIA AND TEQUILA
Founded in South Beach in 2015 by Keith Menin and Jared Galbut of Menin Hospitality, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila is South Florida’s iconic brand offering a range of Mexican street food as well as a unique nighttime experience serving tequila and award-winning cocktails. The Mexican-inspired concept offers an extensive menu featuring authentic Mexican dishes as well as unconventional and innovative interpretations. Since its inception, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila has been nationally recognized and revered as one of the region’s hottest dining and nightlife destinations. Known for being the first to bring fast and casual Mexican fare to South Beach, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila has received multiple accolades from major media such as GQ Magazine, InStyle Magazine and HuffPostamong others.
The brand currently has a total of five locations, including two “taqueria-only” concepts in Aventura (2021) and Miami’s iconic FTX Arena (2020), as well as three full-service “taqueria y tequila” concepts in South Beach ( 2015), Fort Lauderdale (2020) and West Palm Beach (2022). Bodega Taqueria y Tequila is currently expanding and preparing to welcome several new outposts this year and in 2023. For more information, please visit https://www.bodegataqueria.com/