Its first Michigan restaurant hasn’t even opened yet and Ohio-based hard shell taco chain Condado Tacos is already expanding to a second location in Detroit’s Cass Corridor neighborhood. A rep for Condado confirms that the restaurant is slated to land inside the Detroit Creamery building at 634 Selden St. this fall.
Condado features a build-your-own taco format accompanied by a long list of margaritas sold by-the-glass and in pitchers. Diners can choose from taco shell options ranging from a hard corn shell to a spicy Firecracker hard shell to a soft shell flour tortilla. The choices for filling include tequila lime steak, house-made chorizo, scrambled eggs, bbq pulled jackfruit, Thai chili tofu, and more. Customers can then add on toppings like jicama-cabbage slaw, pickled red onions, and queso. Orders are placed using a scantron-like sheet.
The restaurant, whose first outpost is set to open in Royal Oak this August, will likely compete with fellow Ohio-based taco and tequila import Bakersfield. That group expanded to nearby Brush Park in 2017 to a relatively positive reviews. While Condado’s specialty is clearly hard shell tacos, Bakersfield specializes in corn tortillas, pressed in-house.
The Creamery property was owned by Shinola as recently as 2016 and was at one point slated to house a production facility for headphones and a cafe. Shinola has since sold the building and Condado is leasing the space through a third party. Condado is joining several other restaurants and bars heading to Selden Street very soon including New York-based arcade bar Barcade and a restaurant called North Cookshop. Barcade previously told Eater, the bar was on track for a fall debut in Detroit.
Update: This story has been updated with additional details regarding the building’s ownership.