Velvet Taco to bring upscale gourmet tacos to Grapevine in late fall
Big-time tacos are coming to Grapevine: Velvet Taco, the Dallas-based taco chain, is opening a location at 440 W. SH 114, in a new commercial center at the former Payton-Wright Ford automotive dealership.
Construction has just begun on the restaurant, which will be a 3,100-square-foot space plus a trademark Velvet Taco patio. Velvet Taco CEO Clay Dover says they're hoping to be open in late 2022.
A concept dedicated to serving upscale tacos in a funky fast-casual setting, Velvet Taco was founded in 2011 on the idea that tacos don't have to be associated with Tex-Mex cuisine and can be made with the same care and quality ingredients one finds at fine dining restaurants.
They opened their first location on Henderson Avenue, and the brand has since grown to 30-plus locations in Texas, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. That includes a location on West 7th Street in Fort Worth. The only other location nearby is The Colony, so this definitely fills a Velvet Taco gap.
Their menu explores multi-cultural boundaries, culling from cuisines such as Asian and Indian in tacos such as spicy tikka chicken, falafel, and Korean fried rice. They also have a strong vegetarian/vegan game with options such as falafel, beer-battered cauliflower, and a clever Nashville hot tofu.
They're also known for their elotes, their signature red velvet cake, and for having cocktails including good margaritas.
The development they're going into includes space for up to five additional restaurant or retail spaces, and will also be home to a location of Rock & Brews restaurant.
Grapevine is not the only area set to get a new Velvet Taco: The chain is also opening restaurants in Grandscape, Allen, and Deep Ellum.