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On May 1, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl joined co-owners Marty Cless, Dan Kelch, and Laura VanDorf at a groundbreaking ceremony for Taco Diablo, LuLu’s and Five & Dime, at 1026 Davis Street.
Taco Diablo, a Mexican restaurant, was destroyed in an early morning fire in December 2013. When the fire occurred, plans were already in place to shutter LuLu’s after a 22-year run.
The restaurateurs plan to rebuild Taco Diablo and an updated, revitalized LuLu’s. They will be side-by-side on the ground level. They will also introduce a new concept named Five & Dime on the building’s second floor. Five & Dime will house a bar with a small retro arcade room. In warm weather, garage doors will open up onto a large outdoor rooftop dining terrace and beer garden.
The team will also plant and tend an organic, urban rooftop garden to grow and provide their restaurants with the freshest, just picked produce and herbs.
The restaurants are expected to open in January 2016. An additional 4000 square feet of retail space will be available on the ground floor.