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CBJ Buzz: Taco Boy to open Charlotte restaurant at Beacon Partners' The Station at LoSo

By Jen Wilson  |  Associate Editor  Charlotte Business Journal

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A taqueria that got its start in coastal South Carolina plans to open a Charlotte location this fall. Taco Boy has joined the retail lineup at The Station at LoSo, a mixed-use development by Beacon Partners in lower South End.

Billed as an independently owned, neighborhood taqueria, Taco Boy was founded at Folly Beach in 2006 and says it has since built something of a cult following. The restaurant dishes up its scratch-made, signature tacos and other Mexican-inspired food as well as fresh-juiced margaritas and craft cocktails. There's also a brunch menu.

The Charlotte restaurant will be at 3700 South Blvd., Suite 100, steps away from the Lynx Blue Line's Scaleybark Station. That's in Station 3, one of two five-story, roughly 100,000-square-foot buildings that make up The Station at LoSo. It's joining previously signed tenants including Salata Salad Kitchen, an eatery serving up customizable salads, wraps and soups, fitness concept Sweat Method and advertising and marketing firm Mythic, CBJ reported in November.

Each Taco Boy is uniquely custom designed and decorated, according to a press release, and the restaurant is seeking local artisans and craftspeople to contribute to the Charlotte space. Gensler is the architect, with Lunch Mykins and Optima Engineering as project engineers and Barringer Construction as the builder.

Hiring is set to begin soon for leadership positions, including corporate executive chef, beverage director, staff accountant and more.

Austin Tyler of Dewey Property Advisors and Thompson Brock of Thrift Commercial Real Estate represented Taco Boy in the lease transaction, and Charles Thrift of Thrift Commercial Real Estate represented the landlord.    

Taco Boy currently has four locations across the Carolinas, including its flagship restaurant at Folly Beach, and two more that are expected to open in late summer.

The concept was created by Karalee Nielsen Fallert, a founding partner and co-owner of multiple restaurant ventures in the Charleston area. She’s also the founder of hospitality management group All Good Industries.

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