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Mystery Taco Shop Emerges Downtown

Self-described Local Taqueria is “coming soon”

New signage went up this week teasing out a new taqueria coming to downtown.
Photo by Tierney Plumb / Eater DC
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

An aspiring quick-service restaurant dubbed Local Taqueria is moving into the space at 1627 K Street NW most recently occupied by short-lived, automated chain Eatsa.

The 3,000-square-foot shop will house the mystery Tex-Mex enterprise, whose logo mimics D.C.’s three-starred flag. Its vague website is crowded with slogans (#intacowetrust, #feedthepeople) and includes a link for job seekers.

The neighborhood already has a grab-and-go Mexican option a block away (Chipotle). The new taco shop isn’t the only new spot destined for that same K Street strip overlooking Farragut Square; there’s new signage also up for a Smoothie King coming to 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Eatsa, the San Francisco-based enterprise known its quick-serve quinoa bowls and breakfast scrambles, expanded to D.C. last fall, just a year after launching in the tech capital of the world. It added a second location in early 2017, occupying two floors at 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Both shuttered due to a too-quick expansion across the country.