The Olé Restaurant Group announced Thursday that El Taco Luchador will open a third location in the Stonybrook Village Center at 9204 Taylorsville Rd. sometime in the spring of 2018.
Founded by Chef Martinez, the Olé Restaurant Group is an independently-operated group of severn restaurants in Louisville, Kentucky: Artesano Vino Tapas Y Mas, Guaca Mole Cocina Mexicana, Mussel & Burger Bar Jeffersontown, Mussel and Burger Bar Downtown, El Taco Luchador Highlands, El Taco Luchador St. Matthews, and Red Barn Kitchen.
“Our [Luchador] customers love the counter service, but what makes our food stand out is it’s fresh and cooked-to-order,” said Chef Fernando Martinez in an email. “With this next location we’re really looking to highlight that with an open kitchen. We will also hopefully have at least 40 outdoor seats on the patio, so it’s the type of place for friends to gather over sangrias, margaritas, or a few cervezas.”
The group opened the first Luchador in 2013 at 938 Baxter Avenue and followed up in July of 2017 with the second location in St. Matthews at 112 Meridian Avenue. The restaurants are known for their brightly painted walls adorned with colorful signature masks of “Luchadores,” the famed wrestler-entertainers of Mexico. The third location will likely be around 2500 sq. ft.
“J-town has been so good to us,” Martinez continued. “The original Mussel & Burger Bar is a stone’s throw away, and our customers always ask us when we are going to open a second restaurant in J-town.”
The press release also says that the group plans to continue to press the pace with a possible Luchador location downtown and perhaps more opening in 2018.