Manayunk cooks once again as Brian Sirhal and chef Tim Spinner unlock the doors of their third bar-restaurant, Taqueria Feliz, on Thursday, Oct. 17 - more than a year after signing the lease. (Part of the delay were woes in obtaining the liquor license, they say.)
This Main Street location is almost smack midpoint in their empire: Cantina Feliz in Fort Washington and La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount.
The former Mainly Shoes store at 4410 Main St. - last occupied by a fortune teller who probably knew that her lease was ending - was stripped down to the bare walls.
Hence, Canno Design's dining room is ringed by lots of gorgeous stone and brick accented by exposed wood and metal highlighted by splashes of color (table tops in particular). Unlike the other Felizes, Spinner and Sirhal didn't go over the top with the Day of the Dead decorations; artist Alison Dilworth left the skulls and such to the wildly bold bar top and a few masks on the walls.
Executive chef Lucio Palazzo will riff on taqueria dishes - tacos, enchiladas, tortas and entrees, including slow-roasted lamb barbacoa, red snapper enchipotlado, tempura-battered fish tacos and carnitas tacos.
I have not yet seen the final menu, but they're touting moderate prices (entrees under $20).
It will be dinner only at the start; lunch will begin in November.