Zocalo Cafe, the 12-year-old fast-casual restaurant on 1110 West Lynn Street, is closing as of today, Friday, March 29. The Clarksville space will be turned into the second location of the revived bar and restaurant Taco Flats.
Before even revamping the Zocalo space, Taco Flats will start serving its menu in the West Lynn address on Monday, April 1. On deck will be its usual array of tacos inspired by Mexico City, beers, and cocktails. The Taco Flats Clarksville hours will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and then 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekends.
Taco Flats Clarksville will close on Monday, July 1 for a two-month renovation.
Zocalo Cafe owners Chris Courtney, Kelly Chappel, and Jay Bunda wanted to close Zocalo Cafe to focus on their other restaurants, Galaxy Cafe and Top Notch Hamburgers (which is expanding into Hutto, Texas). They will also become minority partners in the new Taco Flats, according to the Facebook post.
Zocalo isn’t gone forever, either. The team is still opening a location of the restaurant within the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, pegged to open in the fall.
Taco Flats owner Simon Madera used the name of the legendary dive bar, Taco Flats, for his bar and restaurant with the blessing of the former co-owner. He opened the returning Taco Flats on North Lamar in October 2014 with tacos and tequila cocktails. Madera also opened an East Austin bar, La Holly, in February 2018, with a focus on agave-based cocktails and a Taco Flats trailer. That bar took over what had been Tejano bar Kellee’s Place.