Taqueria opens in Pioneer Square's RailSpur development

This is the fourth restaurant to open at the RailSpur development, which cost $180 million.

Taqueria opens in Pioneer Square's RailSpur development

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Seattle's Pioneer Square has a brand new taqueria open all day.

Tacolisto, a new restaurant in the RailSpur project, opened on Friday at 119 S. Jackson St., a $180 million development. The menu features house-made tortillas and locally-sourced seafood, as well as fresh-juice cocktail.

Mike Wilcox is the partner and CFO at Work+Shop which created the restaurant. "We hope that Tacolisto will become a destination where locals, professionals and visitors can gather to enjoy a relaxed, social environment, whether it's for a late-night cocktail and some bites or a quick lunch in between meetings," he said.

Urban Villages, a Denver-based company, has launched the RailSpur Project to revitalize a historic neighborhood. The project includes retail spaces, micro-apartments and office space, as well as a hotel.

Tacolisto, a fast-casual restaurant, is the fourth retail concept at the Jackson Street location. It joins a bike shop, bodega, and coffeehouse. With 110 seats and an outdoor patio, the restaurant is the biggest of the group.

The menu includes baja fish tacos, which include Alaskan cod with a chipotle sauce, cabbage slaw, and spicy pickled onion; carne asada grigna, which features marinated skirt steak with chimichurri, avocado, crispy cheddar, onions, and cilantro, as well as starters such as tuna ceviche, and desserts like tres leches.

Chef Gabriel Rico explained that the menu at Tacolisto was inspired by a connection with land and sea. It combines my favorite Mexican dishes from my childhood with Seattleā€™s reputation for its incredibly fresh seafood.

Urban Villages is also developing a food court at 419 Occidental Ave. that will open in spring next year, and a 100 S. King St. hotel which will be opened by summer 2024.

Tacolisto's hours are Tuesday to Thursday, 11 am to 9 pm and Friday and Saturday 11 am to 10 pm.

Denny Triangle lunch spot

Mendocino Farms is opening its first Seattle store at 2118 Westlake Ave., in the Denny Triangle.

The restaurant will open on May 17, as Amazon, located nearby, settles in to its new routine of returning to the office. Mendocino Farms hopes to become a new lunch option for these workers as well as catering options as companies search for new ways of bringing employees back to work.

Seattle, with its active community and culture, which thrives on wellness, already feels like home to CEO Kevin Miles, according to a press release. Residents have been vocal about wanting us to open in Seattle, so we are excited to serve a community that loves adventurous food.

Mendocino Farms is bringing two restaurants to Seattle. One will open in Rainier Square, and the other at Denny Triangle. The chain's food truck will stop at Westlake Park, Denny Park and other locations during One Seattle Day of Service on May 20, including Denny Park.