NASHVILLE – A new type of Mexican eatery is set to open in Nashville.
La Taqueria, or “The Taco Shop,” will be opening sometime next week, according to Olga Betancourt, who spoke to the newspaper Thursday through translation by her daughter, Lety.
As implied by its name, the shop’s primary dish will be a variety of tacos, including beef tacos, “carne de carne” and pork tacos, also known as “al pastor.”
That is not all the Betancourts have to offer, however. Patrons can also have their pick from tamales, gorditas, sopes, casadias and tortas. On weekends, La Taqueria will serve soups such as menudo, caldo de Res and caldo de camarones.
They will also sell an assortment of fruits and vegetables.
Outside of the realm of food, customers can pay their electric, satellite, gas and cell phone bills at the establishment, as well as wire money to other countries.
La Taqueria’s hours are 10:30 – 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 – 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 – 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 – 3 p.m. on Sunday. On opening day, those that visit the shop can enjoy special prices – everything will be $1.
Olga Betancourt said that she has always dreamed of cooking in her own restaurant. Her mother taught her how to prepare meals at a very young age, and she has enjoyed it ever since. She will now hold the title of owner and head cook at The Taco Shop.
Betancourt owned a store specializing in Hispanic foods 15 years ago. She has also spent 30 years working jobs that did not allow her to be her own boss.
“She got tired of working for someone else and all of a sudden just made the decision to work for herself,” explained Lety Betancourt.
The Betancourt family began diving into plans for the business, which is housed in the building that used to be the Doughnut Palace, directly across from the Glass Shop, in January.
Olga Betancourt noted that accomplishing all she had in the past three months was not easy and the most difficult task was preparing the kitchen. She said she could not have done it without the help of her family and friends.
Betancourt went on to express her hopes of the continual growth of her business and remarked that she may someday add meat to her produce market.
The entrepreneur’s main goal for now is “satisfying everybody,” who visits La Taqueria.