DINER: Sweet-Looking “La Mezcaleria” To Open Its Doors Tonight On Commercial Dr.

April 2, 2013.

by Andrew Morrison | After a lengthy, near-crippling wait for an electrical upgrade, the long anticipated La Mezcaleria (from the good folks at La Taqueria) is set to finally open its doors this evening at 1622 Commercial Drive. Some background:

This time around we can expect an old school Mexican diner and Oaxacan-style Mezcaleria featuring everything from tostadas and enchilidas to cold beer and hard-to-find find Mezcals (consulting chef Tina Fineza is doing the menu). It’s going into the old Wazubees location on The Drive, a lovely old spot with garage frontage, high ceilings, and lots of natural light (much of which is provided by a huge skylight). It’s been near completion for a while now, and by that I mean the kitchen is installed, the floor has been laid with imported gorgeous Guadalajara green tiles and the 55 seats (including 35 at the lengthy bar) are ready for their first bums. “Once we get the electricity we need,” co-owner Marcelo Romero says with a shrug, “we should be ready in 15 days.”

And therein lies the trouble. The space has insufficient electricity, and they’ve been waiting to have it upgraded for nearly nine months. Romero claims – with no small amount of frustration in his voice – that his phone calls to City Hall and BC Hydro aren’t being returned. “The Mayor, he loves our tacos. Maybe I have to go knock on his door? I don’t know.” As it stands today (when these pictures were taken), Romero and his partners don’t even have a clue as to when they’ll get their electrical insufficiency sorted, and while they’re grateful that they have an understanding landlord (they aren’t paying full rent at the moment), the cost is nevertheless crippling since there’s absolutely no revenue coming in.

It was awesome to hear that shortly after the story hit the web, the obstacles to their progress were removed (and there was much rejoicing). I checked in earlier today and got the good word. Tonight’s the night, amigos, and things are looking mighty sharp!

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