I took a look inside Mt. Pleasant’s almost open Tacofino Ocho yesterday afternoon. They hosted a friends and family service over the weekend and are now just waiting for the green light from the city before launching for real.
The 2,800 sqft restaurant and bar is on the ground floor of the 75 year old, recently refurbished Lightworks Building, which is located on the southeast corner of 5th and Ontario.
The expansive, open dining room looks and feels like an entirely new space with concrete floors, high ceilings, circular and rectangular communal tables, a central horseshoe-shaped bar. The kitchen is open and – in comparison to the company’s other locations – vast.
It’s the fourth Tacofino designed by Shiloh Sukkau; much like the others (Gastown, Yaletown, Bentall) it ably balances being both fresh and totally on-brand. The menu (below) looks good too…
“The new restaurant will offer dine-in guests a 100-seat dining room, expansive horseshoe-shaped bar and a new menu of fire-grilled meat and vegetable dishes developed by Sussman and Tacofino’s Michelin-starred Regional Executive Chef Stefan Hartmann. Following the lead of the brand’s Taco and Burrito Bar location in Gastown, the new outpost will also feature a take-out counter for those looking for quick-service, grab-and-go options.”
As a frequent walker of this street, I’m excited for opening day.
(UPDATE: launch now set for Oct. 17)
In the meantime, take a look: