There's good news about the beleagured location of the defunct Sala:
The owners of Fifth Group Restaurants have joined forces with Executive Chef Shaun Doty, owner of Shauns, to create The Original El Taco in the former Sala space in Virginia-Highland. The new restaurant will open in mid-October. Doty is developing recipes for creative Mexican fare like tacos, tortas and salsas, and the Fifth Group Restaurants team is working with William Peace, Peace Design, to change the look and feel of the restaurant.
The Original El Taco will be lively, bright, open, and - most of all - fun, said Robby Kukler, co-owner of Fifth Group Restaurants. We have known Shaun for years and when we found out he had been thinking about doing Mexican too, we knew it was a great partnership.
I love Mexican food and have wanted to do a restaurant like this for a while, said Doty. To have this opportunity to work with the pros at Fifth Group Restaurants is great.
We are going to create an easy, approachable destination for great Mexican food, added Kukler.
Doty will work with a chef de cuisine at El Taco when the restaurant opens, while remaining executive chef at Shauns.
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