A new Mexican eatery is poised to fill the corner of Bagley and 18th Street formerly occupied by Fist of Curry. The team behind forthcoming Corktown mezcal and tequila bar Toma Detroit and the owner of Green Dot Stables have struck a partnership to open Peso, a bar and restaurant slinging margaritas, burritos, and tortas at 2547 Bagley Ave., according to a release.
Toma Detroit’s team had previously hosted pop-ups in the space to drum up support for their project during the 2018 Comerica Hatch Detroit contest. They were eventually awarded the $50,000 grand prize. Jacques Driscoll, whose restaurant group InLaws Hospitality previously operated Fist of Curry and Huron Room at the address, eventually made a deal to work with the Toma developers last fall. Peso’s partners include Cabresto Tequila owner Tony Lopez, Eddie Vargas (former GM of El Barzon, now Vertical Detroit), Carlos Diaz de Leon, Jose Maldonado, and Corey McIntosh.
Driscoll has experience with fast-paced restaurant renovations, and consequently Peso is expected to open relatively soon. The partners plan to completely change the seating arrangement inside the restaurant from six-tops and cafeteria seating to more generalized two- and four-top tables. The space is also receiving a new coat of paint and a new mural, Jose Maldonado tells Eater. Peso is on track to debut in late February with a full opening in March.
The restaurant teases a simple menu with burritos and tortas. On the weekends the establishment will offer specials such as soups and micheladas. Diners will also be imbibing with a list of margaritas, cantaritos, palomas, and sangria.
The news comes just a few days after neighboring distillery and tasting room Our/Detroit finally called it quits. It’s not clear at this time whether a new business is lined up to replace the vodka maker. Stay tuned for more updates on Peso.
Update, January 10, 2019, 5:06 p.m.: This story has been updated with additional details regarding the renovation of the restaurant.