Nashville taco restaurant to open second location in Lane Parke
The owners of a quick breakfast and lunch taco restaurant in Nashville plan to open a second location in Mountain Brook later this year.
The restaurant is called Ladybird Taco and is inspired by the taco scene in Texas, where two of the four owners currently live and another lived previously.
They plan to locate Ladybird Taco in a 3,000 square foot space in the second phase of Lane Parke, next to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, said Brooks Veazey, one of the owners and community resident of Hoover’s Bluff Park. . The goal is to open it by November or December, he said.
The idea for Ladybird Taco started with Gabe Scott, an owner who lives in Nashville. He was a musician who spent a lot of time on the road and was looking for a job where he wouldn’t have to travel as much and could spend more time with his family, Veazey said.
His wife is from Texas and he loved the breakfast tacos he had in Texas and wanted to bring that experience to Nashville.
He partnered with Ben Edgerton and Andrew Wiseheart, who owned a restaurant called Contigo in Austin, to develop a menu for Ladybird Taco, Veazey said. Veazey was also involved in development, but Wiseheart, a master chef, was the lead taster, Veazey said.
They spent three years developing the menu and opened Ladybird Taco in 2020 in the 12 South neighborhood in Nashville, he said. Now that the restaurant has proven itself, they are ready to expand.
Veazey, who graduated from Oak Mountain High School in 2010 and the University of Alabama in 2014, wanted to bring the concept to the Birmingham area. The four partners chose Lane Parke in Mountain Brook because they love the sense of community, Veazey said.
It fits the 12 South vibe of a place where people can hang out close to home, he said.
Ladybird Taco offers breakfast and lunch tacos, queso, salsa, and salads made with fresh, local ingredients. One of the things that sets the restaurant apart is that all of the corn and flour tortillas are homemade, Veazey said. “They are incredibly fresh.”
The restaurant also smokes its own brisket on site. One of my favorite lunchtime tacos is beef brisket queso rajas, which includes beef brisket, cheese, pepper, onions, and potatoes, and is the #1 seller on the breakfast menu. lunch is the bacon, egg and cheese taco, Veazey said.
The restaurant also plans to offer the June Coffee brand of coffee and a variety of alcoholic beverages, including mimosas, margaritas, beer and wine. Scheduled hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Veazey said.
The partners plan to hire a general manager for the Mountain Brook site, but Veazey also plans to have a frequent presence there.
He got his first taste of the restaurant business aged 16, running a Dippin’ Dots stand at Birmingham Barons games, he said. He worked at Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe while in college and also helped run Alabama football franchises in Tuscaloosa, he said. He also helped expand Steel City Pops into Texas for a while and previously co-owned Honest Mary’s, a healthy cereal bowl restaurant in Austin, but Wiseheart took his stake in Honest Mary’s, he said.
Once Ladybird Taco’s Mountain Brook location is up and running, the plan is to open other locations in the Nashville and Birmingham metro markets, Veazey said. Potential locations in the Birmingham metropolitan area include Cahaba Heights, Birmingham City Centre, Hoover and Trussville, he said.
Other new tenants in the second phase of Lane Parke include a MELT grill cheese restaurant, a new concept restaurant called MARO by Nepalese chef Abhi Sainju, and Little Buckhead Blue, an Atlanta-based children’s clothing store.