UPDATE 1/3/11: The restaurant is now open. Click here for a post with photos and an updated menu.
Bar Taco, a new taco restaurant and tequila bar, will open in the spot where Ebb Tide was on the Byram River in Port Chester. Sasa Mahr-Batuz and Andy Pforzheimer, owners of Barcelona, the wine and tapas bar with six locations in Connecticut, are behind the new place.
The restaurant will have a beach-shack feel with wainscoting and light colors — not the typical Tex-Mex decor of bright colors, sombreros and serapes. “Very casual with a little bit of sophistication,” says Mahr-Batuz. “High quality of food, very affordable, great music.” The dining room will have big communal and individual tables made of ipe wood, and there will be a lounge seating area.
There will be two bars: one outside on the deck, which overlooks the river; and one inside. The menu will include made-from-scratch margaritas and authentic tacos. The partners recently returned from a research visit to Mexico City, and Mahr-Batuz says they learned a lot from the street vendors there.
The tacos will be 3 to 4 inches in size, cooked on the griddle and filled with all sorts of grilled and stewed meats, poultry and fish and traditional combinations such as al pastor, which is pork and pineapple cooked on a spit. The menu will also include soups, salads and sandwiches, and the restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner.
They are shooting for an opening in early summer, 2010. Look for more information later in the week when they launch their web site: Bar-Taco.com.