Takito Street, the casual restaurant that replaces a Lincoln Park icon, Fiesta Mexicana, opens next week. Ownership, the team behind Bar Takito in West Loop and Takito Kitchen in Wicker Park, announce that the new restaurant will open on January 9 at 2423 N. Lincoln Avenue. It will be a different feel compared to Fiesta Mexicana which closed in January 2019 after 34 years.
Fiesta Mexicana drew DePaul University students, locals with their families, and late-night revelers. The restaurant was a throwback cantina with mariachi bands and DJs. Takito Street modernizes the space. A news release mentions a swing and a vintage Vespa that’s ideal for an Instagram post. TVs will also show vintage movies on loops.
Takito hired well-traveled chef Dudley Nieto to develop the menu. Nieto is known for modern Mexican cooking at Adobo Grill, Chapulin, and Bartaco. He also recently he worked on the menus for Rojo Gusano. His taco lineup at Takito Street includes al pastor carved from a trompo, arrachera made from marinated skirt steak, and flautas. The menu will also include Korean beef tacos.
Owner Mario Ponce doesn’t want customers to pigeonhole his new restaurant, describing Takito Street as a blend of full service and fast casual. It’ll house a full bar with frozen margaritas and table service. A two-sided, red and green medallion on the table aims to tell servers when to approach. If the medallion shows green (hurry up), customers will fill out menu forms in the same manner as a sushi restaurant for faster service. If the medallion is on red (slow down, stop, and chill), customers will get full service.
Check out the menu below. The restaurant will give away food and drink to the first 100 people in line on opening day.
Takito Street, 2423 N. Lincoln Avenue, Scheduled to open on January 9.