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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Rinaldo brothers bring tacos to
Gus' Pub

Taco Lina's will fill the void left by Vandal Doughtnuts

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 1:31 PM

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The powdered sugar has barely settled on the departure of Vandal Doughnuts from Gus’ Pub & Grill (don’t start crying just yet, it's re-opening at 2300 Gottingen Street, in the Velo Apartments building) and the buzz of a new tenant has already begun.

With flour tortillas on the brain Sam and Tony Rinaldo (of T-Dogs and Rinaldo’s Italian American Specialties fame) are scheming up their next project—Taco Lina’s, a little snackery named for Sam’s daughter.

“We did a taco pop up at Good Robot about a year ago and it’s just something we love to eat and love to make,” says Tony of the plan. Lina’s will focus on their house-made flour tortillas—but will offer corn as an option, too, gluten-free friends—and serve up tacos al pastor, Baja fish tacos, veggie and vegan options and offal-inspired creations, spotlighting ingredients like beef tongue and sweet breads. Nachos, jalapeno poppers (think Rinaldo’s mozza sticks and then some) and queso cheese dip will make appearances as well.

“We had the opportunity to take over the spot we were racking brains—and tacos just seemed to be a good fit.” Tony hopes the Gus’ vibe will complement he and his brother’s vision, Taco Lina’s aims to open in late October. 

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