When The Leader reported last June that the Roznovsky’s Hamburgers building, 3401 W. T.C. Jester, had been purchased by Braun Enterprises and subsequently leased to Tacos a Go Go, the news generated a lot of excitement.
Now Tacos A Go Go owner Sharon Haynes says that they are hoping to be open by January. She said since the building is already a functional restaurant and they are keeping the kitchen and dining room, the new construction won’t be intensive.
“We anticipate it going pretty quickly,” said Haynes, elaborating that they are waiting on final plans and will take the plans to permitting in the next few weeks.
Tacos a Go Go already has a popular location on Main Street, which opened 10 years ago, and one on White Oak Drive which has been around for the past four years. Haynes said she is equally excited about the potential of her newest restaurant.
“For us it had everything – a freestanding building, a parking lot, and it was a commercial property with no big restrictions,” she said. When she looked at the site map of the area she described it as broccoli, with “trees and residents as far as the eye can see.”
There were some challenges with the location, however, namely that it’s in a floodway, which is different from being in the floodplain.
“There are restrictions on how much you can improve,” said Haynes, noting that during the May floods the restaurant didn’t get a drop. “They city and country are well versed in this by now and there are rules. We are picking our way through.”
One person who will be glad to see Haynes open is Hunington Properties broker Rafael Melara who reps the property behind Tacos a Go Go which currently houses Mirage Cabaret and 1 Stop Food Mart. The other three spaces in the development, two at 1,550 square feet and one at 2,000 square feet, are currently for lease at $1.25-$1.50 per square foot.
“We’ve been looking for new tenants,” said Melara, who says the space has been vacant for a number of years.
“The end game is to have quality tenants,” he said.
“It would be awesome to have some retail there,” said Haynes. “It’s such a great location, and could be appealing.”
She said that although she has the Continental Club and Fitzgerald’s near her other two locations, having an adult entertainment club next door is new.
“It’s not what we would seek out but it doesn’t scare us,” she said.
Haynes is currently evaluating her signage at the end of the parking lot, and brainstorming some kind of “visual separation” between Tacos a Go Go and the other tenants, while not blocking their signs.
Interesting in being Tacos a Go Go’s neighbor? Call Hunington’s Rafael Melara at 281-690-0535.