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Fort Worth taqueria aims high with new Mexican restaurant-lounge

Fort Worth taqueria aims high with new Mexican restaurant-lounge

Rendering of Tinie's, opening in the new SoMa development. Photo courtesy of 97w Design

The folks behind Taco Heads, Fort Worth's award-winning taqueria and food truck, are opening an ambitious, family-style restaurant concept in a cool redeveloped complex on South Main Street.

Called Tinie's Mexican Rotisserie and Cocktail Lounge, it's from Taco Heads owners Sarah Castillo and Jacob Watson, and it will open in a two-story space at the SoMa Development at 125 S. Main St. Targeted opening date is January 2018.

Castillo says in a release that the restaurant, pronounced "Tee-Nees," is named for her mother.

"Tinie is my mom's nickname," she says. "She eats her Mexican food like your typical Mexican mom — breaking apart tortillas for your protein, rice and beans, and veggies – and this is how we learned to eat Mexican food."

Tinie's family-style offerings are a glimpse into the Mexican tradition of bringing families together, cooking a feast, and enjoying the meal together.

The first floor will host a Mexican rotisserie with half or whole fire-roasted chickens with sides, tortillas, and salsas. There will be red meat and vegetarian options as well, with tortas, salad, tacos, and breakfast. There'll also be to-go options, catering, and event support.

The second floor will offer a lounge nicknamed "El Escondite" (aka "the hideaway"), with a Latin-inspired bar program featuring craft cocktails, Latin-American beers, and 60 tequilas and mezcal. Decor will incorporate lavish plants and Oaxacan rugs, and follow a "rustic Mexican" design.

Their business partner in the restaurant is Glen Keely, owner and operator of Thompson's Bookstore and Poag Mahone's Irish Pub.

"Partnering with Glen made perfect sense," Castillo says. "We worked so well together when Taco Heads was parked outside his bar, and he was like a big brother to me. He’s extremely talented."

Keely, who will help design the space, says that it will "transport you to an Oaxacan mezcaleria with a rooftop oasis to escape the concrete jungle."

Castillo and Watson are partnering with Fort Worth’s Studio 97w for architecture and design.

The building is currently home to W.A Powers Company; the Powers family has owned the buildings for more than eight decades. SoMa is their comprehensive redevelopment plan that's designed to bring new life to almost an entire city block.