First Look: Pinche Tacos, Tequila & Whiskey opens next Wednesday in Highland

Tacos, tequila, whiskey, oh my! That's what Pinche Taqueria will start pimping next Wednesday in Highland, when Kevin Morrison, whose City Park taqueria by the same name nabbed our Best New Restaurant award in 2012, opens his second brick-and-mortar at 3300 West 32nd Avenue. "I'm so excited to be in this 'hood," say Morrison. "It's a great fit for us to be on this side of town, and it's our ideal demographic."

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Morrison's menu will be exactly the same as the original, save for one dish: nachos, which he's tweaking. "The menu won't change, except for the addition of nachos -- we're playing around with those, but haven't quite nailed them yet," he says. And the taqueria will also pour its namesake liquid assets, along with housemade liqueurs, which are also a new addition.

The 82-seat space -- larger than the City Park spot -- is similar in style, with a dark-wooded picnic table, a communal bar that stretches for yards, hardwood floors, innovative light fixtures, including industrial pulleys illuminated with Edison bulbs, a huge back bar with antiquated plumber pipe shelving and a blue-tiled open kitchen where voyeurs can banter with the cooks assembling their tacos.

But what this second incarnation has that the original doesn't is garage doors that open to a spacious patio that seats 22 -- and you can bet that it'll be packed during the warm months with plenty of revelers knocking back tequila. Speaking of which, Morrison is also offering lockers for $100, which gives you six months of spirits storage. He also features the same program at the York Street location. "It's been so successful at the other restaurant that we have a waiting list," he says.

Pinche will open on Wednesday, February 13 at 3 p.m., and regular hours will be from 3 to 10 p.m. on Monday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

I stopped by yesterday to check out the space, the photos of which are on the following pages. Cheers!

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