Z'Tejas to Debut New Taco Restaurant Concept in Old Phoenix Church

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Cassidy Turley
On the heels of opening its newest Valley location on the southwest corner of 16th Street and Bethany Home Road, Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill has set its sights on a brand-new concept: tacos served up inside an old church.

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As part of a redevelopment project at the northwest corner of Seventh Street and Osborn Road, the Scottsdale-based chain plans to retrofit a new restaurant, called Taco Guild, into a former 19th-century worship and education center.

Scheduled to open this fall, Taco Guild will feature an array of farm-to-table tacos as well as top-quality tequilas. The restaurant's atmosphere, a mix of modern and traditional, will keep certain elements of the church intact -- such as its 20-foot-high dark wood ceiling and support beams -- while repurposing others, including three large stained-glass windows.

"Sustainability was a key factor in determining a location and will be a recurring theme interwoven into every aspect of the restaurant," says Z'Tejas CEO Steven Micheletti. "We spent quite some time looking for the perfect spot knowing that we want to repurpose, not rebuild. With the vibrant neighborhood surrounding it, we feel that Taco Guild will add an energetic element to the midtown and central corridor atmosphere."

Fun fact: Two time capsules were recovered during inspections of the property -- one dating back to the building's 1893 construction and the second from a 1955 addition. Of historical significance were multiple Arizona newspapers and church related documents from 1893.

The Phoenix Business Journal reports that in addition to Taco Guild, the redeveloped area will house a Starbucks, also scheduled to open in the fall, as well as retail space and an art exhibit that will highlight the history of the property.

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DryHeat
DryHeat

HATE, HATE, HATE the giant, ugly chartreuse sign that says, "OLD SCHOOL."

AzNtv
AzNtv

Love the nay sayers who would rather have empty buildings and underdevelopment in the central corridor.  Get a friggin life! 

Hr Hamada
Hr Hamada

Great just what Phoenix needs, another chain resturant AND Great just what Phoenix needs another taco shop. I was happy about Tuck Shop/Astor House's new Taco Place. I like Condessa. I even was mildly pleased at America's Taco Shop. But I think I can safely skip ZTejas' corporate taco shop

whatever
whatever

Ah, yes: Nothing speaks so well of this noble repurposing business quite like another Starbucks.

Blue462
Blue462

Why would they open this directly across from Gadzooks who serves tacos and enchiladas??

1wayfaringpilgrim
1wayfaringpilgrim

"sustainability", "repurpose", "energetic element", blah blah blah.  Nice buzzwords, nuthin' more!

Bev Turnbow
Bev Turnbow

this is cool...I was wondering what was going on with construction at this old church :)

whatever
whatever

@AzNtv  It's not a matter of preferring empty buildings, but proposing that property owners make rents affordable to incoming operators of more modest financial means than tenant monsters like Starbucks. Charging rents only the chains can afford and calling it urban renewal is baloney, sorry.

FerrisAgain
FerrisAgain

@1wayfaringpilgrim Nothing more? They're opening a new, different location. Regardless of the buzz words, this is actual news. Something is happening, and it affects taco lovers.

bmcphx
bmcphx

it also affects any of us who live in the neighborhood and are tired of staring at ugly, run down, and vacant buildings. Now ther'll be another busy pocket of activity like Culinary Dropout has created up north.

I'm 100% okay with it.

DryHeat
DryHeat

@bmcphx  

The church was always there, so you weren't staring at anything ugly.  But here's the good news, now you can stare at an ugly, chartreuse colored giant sign that says, "OLD SCHOOL." 

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