The Food Biz: Taco joint’s first-week business has been just loco

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 12:32am

One week into its existence, The Local Taco appears to be succeeding where others have struggled — though it may be too early to tell.

The moderately priced taco shop in the former home of Goldie’s Deli and Portland Brew has seen a bustling business for both lunch and dinner in its inaugural week (at least so far as this Sylvan Park resident can tell), despite nearly continuous rain keeping many Nashvillians huddled under shelter. The limited parking in the neighborhood has been steadily occupied and one has a hard time believing it could be solely due to a significant uptick in the other area restaurants.

In addition, owner John Ko’s first foray into the Nashville dining market has been getting great word of mouth in the local food blogosphere as well as in west Nashville gossip circles. Most who say they have tried the newly opened eatery have had the highest praise for the Korean barbecue tacos but we have also heard a fair amount of raves for their not-so-traditional take on fish tacos.

Ko has previously said that he opted for the Sylvan Park space “because our concept and name is really focused on ‘the local’ feel. Our mission is to promote the local community, local cuisine (and beers), local charities, musicians and artists.”

Zum, zum, Zumi

New Hillsboro Village resident Zumi Sushi will soon open on Belcourt Avenue next door to Italian eatery Savarino’s Cucina.

According to the LinkedIn page of President Patrick Burke, the restaurant is looking to offer food that will “leave customers feeling energetic, revived and optimistic!”

Burke’s page also lists him as a having attended Vanderbilt University, the Owen Graduate School of Management and Vanderbilt University School of Law. In addition to his impending work with raw fish morsels, Burke has spent brief stints with financial firms such as Merrill Lynch and Sandler O’Neill working as a summer associate.

While Zumi Restaurants was organized in 2007 according to the Secretary of State’s Web site, Zumi Sushi Hillsboro Village LLC filed its registration late last year. The permit for the rehabilitation to the 1920s structure that will house the restaurant was pulled back in December and was valued at $180,000.