A former Taco Bell on South La Brea will start serving tacos again in 2015, but it’s a safe bet they won’t be made out of Doritos. The former fast-food joint is getting transformed into Trejos Tacos, actor Danny Trejo’s long awaited foray into the restaurant world.
Back in 2011, L.A. Weekly first broke the news that Trejo, best-known for starring in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete films, was planning to enter the food business. At that time, the tough-guy actor told the Weekly that his plan was to open a Mexican restaurant called Trejo’s Place in Huntington Beach. Those plans never came to fruition, but Trejos Tacos looks to be green-lit for an early 2015 opening.
Busy hospitality design and construction firm Spacecraft, whose other projects include the recently opened Ball & Chain in Hollywood and old favorites like Smith House and Mohawk Bend, is giving the old tile-roofed Taco Bell building a total makeover, adding desert landscaping and outdoor patios to the 1,000-square-foot space to pair with a sleek, modern exterior made of charcoal stucco and blackened steel.
Inside, black Venetian plaster, black leather upholstered seating, and custom black-and-blue tile murals will create a vibe somewhere between hip urban taqueria and biker bar. Beer and wine will be served alongside tacos and other Mexican cuisine.
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Spacecraft founder and lead design Kris Keith says the mural designs are still to be determined, but will probably lean towards the tongue-in-cheek. “It might be Danny Trejo on a chopper,” he says. How could it not be?
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