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Deep Ellum’s Newest Taqueria Will Open Next Week

Basic Taco boasts a hidden speakeasy slinging mezcal cocktails on an open-air terrace

A rustic-look patio with plants growing on the peeling stucco walls and a fountain in the front left
Yellow Rosa is an outdoor cocktail oasis hidden inside new Deep Ellum restaurant Basic Taco
Yellow Rosa

Basic Taco, a new taqueria with a hidden bar inside, will open in Deep Ellum next week.

The restaurant’s name is a bit ironic — though it will feature no-frills street tacos and a few “gourmet” tacos like smoked brisket and vegan eats, Basic Taco also has a secret. Nestled inside the restaurant at 2901 Commerce Street is a speakeasy-style bar called Yellow Rosa Cocktaileria. Both bar and restaurant will open on October 13.

The restaurant is a collaboration between Basic Restaurant Brand and Madison Partners, who transformed the former food truck into a brick and mortar. Basic Taco will be an informal, casual eatery — meanwhile Yellow Rosa is meant to evoke the the beaches of Tulum and cantinas of San Miguel de Allende. The bar, behind a hidden entrance, includes plant-draped walls, an open-air terrance and a rustic bubbling fountain known as la Fuente de los Deseos (The Source of Desires).

Inside the speakeasy, drinkers can enjoy a variety of agave-based cocktails made with sotol, mezcal, and raicilla, alongside dishes inspired by Mexican cuisine. On Wednesday nights, the bar will host a private dining lottery featuring a 4-course tasting menu from Chef Randall Braud, including dishes like aguachile and wood-grilled ribeye. Brunch will also be served in the outdoor oasis beginning October 31.

Basic Taco will offer its full menu to-go via an in-house delivery service. The restaurant will also sell six flavors of margaritas and cocktails in a can, a.k.a. “snaquiris”.

Basic Taco’s hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday. Yellow Rosa’s hours will be 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday and Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 .am. Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

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