HOLLAND — A Mexican restaurant and bar has opened in downtown Holland.
Taco Plus Bar opened its doors Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 220 W. Eighth St. in the former location of JK’s Bakehouse and Deli. The 1,700-square-foot restaurant specializes in tacos and spirits.
“Inspired by the rich tradition and flavors of Mexican cuisine, long-held family traditions of cultivating tequila and mezcal spirits, and an innovation in menu and bar programming,” the restaurant wrote in a statement.
“Taco (Plus) Bar is meant to be more than a dining establishment, but rather a community space in which residents and visitors alike can come together for a food and beverage experience.”
The three-story building, in collaboration with SVB Plus Reckley Architects of Holland, was converted from its previous design to an “artistic, industrial atmosphere,” that features patterned tiles and transparent garage doors — allowing for easy indoor/outdoor accessibility.
The restaurant is owned by Butch TerHaar, owner and manager of Butch’s Dry Dock on Eighth Street.
“I feel one of the things missing in Holland is a good tequila bar,” TerHaar said. “Where you can get a broad selection of tequilas and mezcals, margaritas and palomas made from fresh-squeezed citrus, or a craft cocktail like an Oaxacan old-fashioned or, my favorite, the saladito.”
The kitchen is led by Chef Raudel Garcia, a longtime member of the culinary team at Butch’s Dry Dock. The menu will feature appetizers like queso dip and tacos with fillings like roasted pineapple and picked onion.
“I love that there are so many different ways to present food and culture,” Garcia said. “Food is such a great conversation starter and so many people are brought together by food; that’s probably one of my favorite things about it.”
Taco Plus Bar has an indoor capacity of 49 customers and an outdoor patio that can accommodate up to 48 more. The restaurant will be open 4-10 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and noon-10 p.m. Saturdays.
“There is something so amazing about the gratification of hosting people in your space and creating an experience,” said general manager Dustin TerHaar.
“Our goal is very much to continue to create environments under the Butch’s umbrella that have that warmth, that have that embracing atmosphere where people can come back to and know your name.”
Locals interested in trying the new restaurant without dining-in can take advantage of curbside pickup and to-go options.
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