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The Scoop: Tilford Bros. to open late-night taco joint in former Delmar Lounge space in The Loop

August 21st 10:08am, 2012

Adam and Jason Tilford have a project in the works: a late-night taco joint located in The Loop at 6235 Delmar Blvd., in the space previously occupied by the recently shuttered Delmar Lounge. The Tilford brothers are the owners of Milagro Modern MexicanTortillaria and Barrister’s.

The restaurant, whose working name is Mission, will be “a twist on an urban taquería,” Adam explained. “It will be a cool bar where you go and hang out and, while you’re there, you can eat Mexican food.” The menu will consist of some eight to 10 tacos – ranging from the typical fish taco to atypical options like tofu or roasted mushroom tacos to suit vegetarians and vegans. There will also be Mission-style burritos, tortas and shared appetizers called botanas, plus sides like charro beans and off-the-cobb street corn. Managing the beverage program will be Lawrence Ballard, who recently came aboard as bar manager at Milagro and, coincidently, worked at Delmar Lounge for a few years.

The restaurant takes its inspiration from The Mission district in San Francisco (pictured), which Adam likened to “San Francisco’s Cherokee Street, if you will” – for its breadth of taquerías as well as “cool bars and hip, edgy feel.” He noted that giant Mission burritos hail from the district and added that diners will be able to watch as the kitchen staff makes fresh tortillas for those burritos on the tortilla press. “It’s one of the visual things people don’t usually see,” he noted. Since murals are prevalent throughout The Mission district, Adam is considering adding that touch of décor as well.

Upon taking possession of the space, which Adam expects to occur on October 1, the interior will undergo a renovation, including a complete overhaul of the kitchen. Working with Adam on the design is Space Architecture + Design, the architectural firm that also recently completed a renovation at Milagro. Adam hopes to open the eatery in early 2013, with plans to initially operate during dinner and late-night hours, extending to lunch hours soon afterward.

 

By Ligaya Figueras

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