Restaurant game Ballpark Village is once again adding an interesting player to its roster, this time courtesy of the popular national chain. Condado Tacos, an Ohio-based taco, margarita and tequila chain, has announced that it will open its first location in Missouri next summer in a complex adjacent to Bush Stadium.
“We are thrilled to open our newest Condado Tacos restaurant at Ballpark Village and bring our fresh and delicious tacos, margaritas and tequila to St. Louis,” said Chris Artinian, President and CEO of Condado Tacos, in a release announcing the opening. “This new restaurant represents the farthest west we’ve taken our brand and we will continue to grow. We look forward to serving Ballpark Village residents and guests and we look forward to growing our incredibly loyal following.”
Condado Tacos first opened in Columbus, Ohio in 2014 and specializes in making your own tacos with fresh, high-quality ingredients, as well as creative cocktails and a large selection of tequila. Ballpark Village will be Condado’s 39th restaurant and will build on the brand’s reputation for creative flavors and a lively, vibrant atmosphere.
The upcoming St. Louis location, which is currently under construction, will be 5,225 square feet and will consist of a main dining room, bar and outdoor patio. While the restaurant is known for its bright and lively aesthetic, the Condado designers are working with local artists to give the space a unique St. Louis flavor.
This setting will set the tone for Condado’s creative tastes. DIY taco variants can be made with a wide variety of ingredients, not all of which are traditionally considered Tex-Mex. Look for toppings like Sriracha butter chicken, Thai chili tofu, and Korean BBQ jackfruit, as well as more traditional Tex-Mex ingredients like tequila steak with lime and simmer roast pork. Guests are encouraged to mix and match creatively, and it goes beyond protein selection. Condado offers four different types of shells, including a Kewl Ranch version, as well as two-tiered options like the Peezler, which consist of both soft flour and hard corn shells paired together with roasted beans with bacon, sour cream and guacamole. Nachos and tacos are also available.
Mike LaMartina, COO of Ballpark Village, expressed his excitement that Condado has joined the facility’s family of restaurants, bars and shops.
“We’re committed to bringing new and creative concepts to our downtown area, and the brightness and energy of Condado Tacos certainly fits the bill,” LaMartina said in a press release. “Our goal has always been to create a venue that offers a wide variety of different dining options for our residents, tenants and guests on and off matchdays. With the addition of Condado, we continue to deliver on that promise.”
LaMartine has reasons for his enthusiasm. With the addition of Condado and the upcoming Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria and Koibito Poke, the venue will be 95 percent full. The complex also boasts 90 percent office space occupancy and single digit vacancy rates at the One Cardinal Way residential tower. For LaMartina, this means not only a first-class game day for Cardinal fans, but also constant energy throughout the city center throughout the year.
“As local and national restaurant operators look for new locations, it’s great that they’ve chosen to call Ballpark Village and downtown St. Louis their new home,” LaMartina said. “And this interest extends far beyond our retail partners. Demand for our top commercial and residential options continues to be strong, and that benefits downtown St. Louis 365 days a year.”
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