Miami’s favorite “locals only” taqueria-meets-speakeasy concept, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, has been expanding beyond South Beach and is officially breaking ground in every major South Florida county.
For those unfamiliar, Bodega specializes in tacos, tortas, and fun cocktails like frozen margaritas in an eclectic graffiti-clad setting. In its original South Beach location, front-of-house is a retrofitted vintage airstream trailer turned taco truck, framed by a marquee sign with hilarious quips that urge you to eat tacos and drink tequila. It’s grab-and-go style with just a few picnic tables in front for those who prefer to sit and dine. Inside, steps away from the taco counter and behind a port-a-potty door, you’ll find a loft-like speakeasy (but first, a shot of añejo is offered upon entry) with vintage furniture, illuminated signs, and funky art. Bodega is truly one-of-a-kind and has earned its label as a Miami mainstay, luring foodies and partygoers from far and wide while entertaining their loyal locals. Expansion, of course, was a logical next step.
“We’re excited,” Jared Galbut, co-founder and president of Menin Hospitality shared as he starts recounting the company’s expansion journey. “And we’re getting smarter and stronger every single day.” Following the success of their newly opened Fort Lauderdale outpost on West Las Olas Boulevard, and its thriving mothership location on South Beach, Menin Hospitality wanted to capitalize on its growth by replicating its well-oiled model in new neighborhoods. As of today, leases have been signed-in Coconut Grove and West Palm Beach for its full food and lounge concept slated to open later this year. Food-only concepts will open in Aventura and North Beach in 2022, as well as Wynwood and the new residential tower, Natiivo in 2023.