There’s another morphing happening on the other side of town: ~LAÏOLA~ in the Marina is going to become Tacolicious in the New Year. The last night of service will be New Year’s Eve, and the plan is to reopen at the end of January. The interior is getting a fresh paint job, the walls resurfaced, new tables and chairs, and will feature photographs of food in the Mission, plus a seven-foot image of a luchador.
Owner Joe Hargrave is working closely with his chef and collaborator Antelmo Faria (previously at Tropisueño)—executive chef Ron Pei will not be part of the new venture (he’s currently on his honeymoon until the end of the year—congrats!). The new menu will feature seven tacos (you’ll be able to pick three for $10), plus six or seven ceviches and cold salads, shrimp coctel, made-to-order guacamole, and soups like pozole, albondigas (meatballs), a vegetable soup, and tortilla soup. The $10 special will continue (a shot of Don Julio Reposado, a can of Tecate, and the taco del día), plus look for an all-you-can-eat $15 Sunday special of “back-in-the-day” tacos (you know the ones: hard shells, ground beef, grated cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, sour cream). Hours will be noon to midnight daily, so it’ll be an easy place to swing by when hunger strikes at any time. Tacolicious will continue to be a part of the Thursday market at the Ferry Building, FYI.