Tacofino adding fifth Vancouver location, heading to Mount Pleasant

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From their humble roots in a Tofino parking lot, Tacofino has become a Vancouver restaurant powerhouse, and now they are expanding their portfolio by adding a fifth location in the city–this time in Mount Pleasant at 8 East 5th Avenue.

Moving into the refurbished Lightworks Building, which is an art-deco heritage property at the corner of 5th and Ontario dating back to 1942, Tacofino will have 2,800 square feet for their 100-seat restaurant. The room will star an expansive horseshoe-shaped bar, too (perfect for an after work tipple, for sure).

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Photo courtesy Tacofino

And since no two Tacofinos are entirely alike, expect to find a few different menu items here from Regional Executive Chef Stefan Hartmann. Of course, we can expect those delicious ingredients will be served in the form of burritos, tacos–including their signature fish taco. They can’t NOT, right?

As for the interior, Vancouver designer Shiloh Sukkau is back to work with Tacofino to create a space that fits the brand’s Tofino-born Pacific shore laid-back vibe. Sukkau previously designed their Gastown, Yaletown, and Downtown “Oasis” locations.

You can expect to find unfinished materials and a muted colour palette that contrasts with folk art-inspired decorative flower motifs at the Mount Pleasant location.

8 East 5th Avenue (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

And speaking of location, this neighbourhood is getting more awesome by the minute, thanks to the impending arrival of a few other great spots, like the second location of Heritage Asian Eatery on Broadway, a new ramen spot in the former Menya, and Purebread’s second Vancouver bakeshop.

With a restaurant opening, the timeline is tenuous at best, so for now it’s safe to say we’re looking at ideally an early fall open. For updates, you can follow @tacofinovan on Instagram.

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Lindsay is a Senior Writer at Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive and Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com