The third location of the Mexican fast casual brand Flaco's Tacos should be opening within a block from Wrigley Field by the end of June. Edmund Hebson, part-owner of the mini-chain (as well as Hackney's) says the new location in the Wild Hare space is getting close. It will feature two floors, two bars, but the same food menu in a fast casual setting, calling it a "hybrid concept." Drink options will include tequilas, margaritas, and 30 taps of local craft beers at the main first-floor bar.
The second floor of the space will have a smaller bar, a "little V.I.P. section," TVs, and a private party space overlooking the often hectic Wrigleyville scene. The whole 4,700 square-foot space seats around 200, Hebson is hoping for a sidewalk patio as well. Buildout has been slow and a paperwork snafu with the city didn't help. They originally hoped to open in time for the Cubs' home opener.
The first two Flaco's (South Loop and Chicago Avenue) were geared towards college students, and Hebson says he thought it would always be that way. But when the space became available he thought it perfect because of the college-age crowds in Wrigleyville, not only Cubs fans but the neighborhood as a whole. It will be interesting to see how it fits in among the other Mexican options on the Clark Street strip when it opens by the end of June.
· Flaco's Tacos [Official Site]
· Wild Hare's former site slated to become taco restaurant [CRED]