Tacuba Taco Bar, located in Branford Center, will be open for just one more weekend, making room for a new restaurant to kick off the new year.
The new restaurant will be The Beach and Barn Bar and Bistro. According to owner Suzette Franco Camacho, it will feature a “great laid back bar atmosphere, and a cozy dining room with a great menu for every day eating at very approachable price point.”
Tacuba opened over 2 years ago to rave reviews, taking some publications “best of” honors as a taco destination and new restaurant. But it faced traffic issues that many local restaurants face: packed weekends, but slow weeknights.
And while packed weekends are always good, the inconsistencies create major issues with hiring staff and preparation needs.
The owners, Suzette and Franco Camacho, are Branford residents and are committed to making a restaurant work here in their hometown. Previously, they owned successful ventures in New Haven, Roomba and Bespoke.
But Branford, a bedroom community, offers a drastically different demographic than the ever changing landscape of New Haven. Inspired by the kitchen skills of Franco and strong word of mouth, reservations at Roomba were often weeks out. Weeknights were often packed, and business was good.
But while New Haven is known for higher end restaurants and has the constant turnover, largely due to Yale, of potential customers, the Camacho’s are hoping to better meet the needs of the Branford demographic by creating a more American menu, albeit with the skill of Franco in the kitchen.
Branford has already received a glimpse of what a world class chef can do with a more standard American menu with Seawich. The popular lunch spot has been open just a few months and has already created a loyal list of regulars do to Franco’s take on some common sandwiches, grilled cheeses, salads and specialty items.
But for those still craving Tacuba tacos, there is a possibility of a takeout area created specifically for some of the more popular items from Tacuba, or even having the tacos added to the menu at Beach and Barn.
As for the owners, they want to be sure the Branford community knows how much they appreciate your support.
“We will need everyone to help us spread the word and of course, we would appreciate your support and patronage. For the many of you who have loyally followed us on this journey- we continue because of your belief in us!” writes Suzette. “Thank you.”
Tacuba will be opened Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week. It is located at 1205 Main Street in Branford. For reservations, call (203) 208-0736.