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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