F’ville square adds culinary twist — rooftop dining at Twisted Taco
The old Travis Hardware building on Glynn Street in downtown Fayetteville will soon undergo a transformation. With the opening anticipated in late 2012, the historic structure will become the home of the first “Twisted Taco” restaurant on Atlanta’s south side.
Beyond its signature Tex-Mex cuisine, the new restaurant will feature unexpected twist — Fayette County’s only roof-top dining.
Fayetteville Community Development Director Brian Wismer said that the Fayetteville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has reached an agreement with Twisted Taco, the Atlanta-based Tex-Mex restaurant.
“This is a perfect example of what the DDA was designed to do,” Wismer said. “They took a stagnant building and actively pursued a tenant that would help to bring more foot traffic and also attract other businesses to come to this unique and historic area of our city. We will soon have a real destination dining area with three unique restaurants to choose from: Twisted Taco, Olde Courthouse Tavern and City Cafe.”
So what should Twisted Taco customers expect to see when the restaurant opens later this year? Twisted Taco is a cross between an old West saloon and a sports bar, according to the restaurant’s website. It will feature authentic western decor and multiple high-definition televisions.
Using only fresh ingredients, Twisted Taco specializes in top shelf Tex-Mex cuisine featuring California style burritos, fajitas and homemade salsas. Also available will be more than 50 tequilas, 40 beers and 16 signature margaritas.
Twisted Taco President Paul Gibbs said the company has the goal of opening the Fayetteville restaurant in late 2012. A signature feature of this restaurant will include a large dining area on the rooftop that overlooks the downtown square. The rooftop will offer a full menu, a large amount of seating and a separate bar area, said franchisee Gavin Abadi.
Gibbs said it was Wismer who knew of Twisted Taco and contacted them about the idea of coming to Fayetteville.
“We looked at the property and we liked what we saw,” Gibbs said. “We were enamored with downtown and the potential it has for the future. We’re excited about coming to Fayetteville and the opportunity to offer folks Twisted Tacos. And we’re excited to have the only rooftop patio in the county.”
The Fayetteville location will be the eighth for Twisted Taco and the first on the south side of Atlanta. Established in 2002, Twisted Taco has locations in Alpharetta, Roswell, Smyrna, Johns Creek, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Suwanee.
For Abadi, this will be his third Twisted Taco location. The first was in the north Fulton County city of Johns Creek followed by the recent opening of the Suwanee location.
“We were actively looking for locations,” Abadi said. “Fayetteville is comparable to Suwanee, so Fayetteville for us was the next step. We’re looking forward to being here.”
As for the Fayetteville DDA, they could hardly be happier.
“For the DDA, this marks the triumphant conclusion of a two-year process to secure a prime tenant that can further the revitalization effort of downtown Fayetteville,” Wismer said. “This effort began years ago with improvements to the downtown streetscape. It was soon followed by local businesses renovating their storefronts and new businesses opening. Then in early 2011, the Olde Courthouse Tavern opened its doors and created a consistent night time presence on the square. The DDA feels that, with the addition of Twisted Taco, the downtown square will become a prime gathering place for residents and visitors.”