Delray’s favorite Taco Tuesday haunt is headed to Fort Lauderdale.

El Camino, a Mexican soul-food restaurant and tequila bar, plans to open a second location, on Las Olas Boulevard, later this year.

Because of the area’s density growth, Modern Restaurant Group partner Brandon Belluscio said the company had been interested in the Fort Lauderdale market for a couple of years now. The new eatery will be located in the former Grill Republic space at 817 E. Las Olas Blvd.

“We just think El Camino is a perfect fit there,” Belluscio said. Though Rocco’s Tacos is at the other end of the street, the same is true for the original location off Atlantic Avenue, and it hasn’t hindered business. “Giving guests another option to choose from is a great thing,” Belluscio said.

El Camino’s menu includes selections of quesadillas, tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas and more, and the restaurant is known for its daily happy hour and late-night specials, including $2 tacos that are also available all day Tuesdays.

The larger Fort Lauderdale location, however, will be able to accommodate an expanded mezcal and tequila selection and weekend brunch service, which hasn’t been feasible in Delray.

Belluscio said he’s also looking forward to sprucing up the decor of the mid-century building and creating an ambiance that’s full of energy. “It’s going to come off as a real special piece of property when it’s all said and done,” he said.

The group, which also owns Cut 432 and Park Tavern in Delray Beach, is hoping to expand El Camino beyond Broward and Palm Beach counties, with their eyes on locations like Coral Gables and Northern Florida.

Cut 432 will also be seeing an expansion, with the addition of new cocktail bar next door. The Delray concept will feel like it’s part of the same space, but it will be divided from the restaurant, according to Belluscio. It’s also set to open late this year.

Address: 817 East Las Olas Blvd., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33301
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