In true Taco Bar style, the details are murky – that is, there are none other than confirmation of a space and a projected launch date – but word late last night is that the much heralded Taco Bar will be making a return this May.

The original speakeasy location off Fangjia Hutong in Andingmen opened quietly in mid-2012 and in its short life, garnered much accolade. In our own Reader Restaurant Awards last year, readers voted it as an Outstanding Choice for Best Mexican and it was nominated for Best Place for Celebration (Casual). Additionally, in the 2013 Bar and Club Awards, The Taco Bar won Best Hidden Gem, despite its non-existence at that point.

But while we might have had to mourn its closure last spring, the creative mind behind the business Kin Hong was responsible for various incarnations of The Taco Bar popping up around town over the course of the year. We saw a Taco Bar pop-up in June at the Second Annual Craft Brewing Festival and later again in the fall during Beijing Design Week at Dashilar at The Orchid hotel’s space “a courtyard in transition.” We also ran into Hong branching into burgers and American bar food as he consulted for kitchen at Great Leap Brewing’s new flagship brewpub in Sanlitun.

More details about the Taco Bar will be forthcoming over the next two weeks, so stay tuned as we’ll be keeping you up to date with further developments.

Photo: The Taco Bar

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