El Taco Loco Food Truck offers Mexican flavors with new restaurant in downtown Danbury


DANBURY — The owner of El Taco Loco — a popular local food truck that specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine — is preparing to open a traditional restaurant on Main Street.

“This transition was very quick, but we’re excited to take this next step,” Noel Dominguez, owner of El Taco Loco Food Trucks, said in an email.

The 25-year-old Danbury resident is preparing to open his first downtown restaurant, which will bear the same name as his food truck, at 317 Main St.

After sitting vacant for a few years following Subway’s closure, the 1,600-square-foot commercial space on the corner of Main and Crosby Streets has been converted into a Japanese-Latin restaurant called ItadakiMÀS, which closed last month after a year in business.

Anna Llanos, owner of ItadakiM, which also owns Mothership Bakery & Café, said she thought 317 Main St. would be great for a taco shop and decided to help El Taco Loco move to the premises.

“It was a good opportunity that was given to us,” said Dominguez. “Anna really helped us figure out how to open up (there) to expand our business and try it out.”

Dominguez burst onto the Danbury food scene three years ago with food truck El Taco Loco.

“We’re Mexicans and my wife knows a lot of traditional Mexican recipes, so my wife, my brother and I came up with the idea of ​​going into the grocery business,” he said.

As of July 2019, Food Truck El Taco Loco is a family-run business offering authentic Mexican fare like tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and tortas, along with fries, guacamole, and salsa.

“We’re really trying to offer the flavors that we have back home in Mexico,” Dominguez said.

The El Taco Loco restaurant will offer the same items as the food truck, according to Dominguez, who said he plans to continue using the truck for events in the area.

Dominguez said he’s excited about the opening of El Taco Loco at 317 Main St. and sees it as an opportunity not only to grow the business but also to learn more about the food industry.

“We don’t have an exact date yet – we’re still organizing everything and getting the space ready – but we’re hoping to open it in the next few weeks,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dominguez said updates on the restaurant’s opening will be posted on El Taco Loco’s Facebook and Instagram Pages.

Another food truck in the Danbury area has recently opened up shop. Marcos and Leidimar Mendonca, the owners of Cinnamon Churros – a food truck specializing in unique churros – opened a coffee shop on Old Hawleyville Road in Bethel.


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