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Published October 03, 2013, 09:54 PM

Take Vinyl Taco for a spin if you enjoy music and Mexican food

FARGO – If you’re into music and tacos, you’ll find platters of both at Vinyl Taco.

By: Dave Olson, INFORUM

FARGO – If you’re into music and tacos, you’ll find platters of both at Vinyl Taco.

The new downtown Fargo eatery is tentatively set to open sometime between Oct. 16 and Oct. 21.

It will offer a full-service bar and restaurant, and the food and drinks will have a distinctly south-of-the-border flavor.

The “vinyl” in Vinyl Taco refers to the bar’s analog music collection that bartenders will play on turntables kept behind the bar.

Owner Warren Ackley said employees will play requests, but for the most part they will spin entire albums at a time, not singles.

The setup is in keeping with Vinyl Taco’s mission statement – “Tuned in music, turned on tacos” – said Ackley, who developed the restaurant with business partners Randy Thorson and Lance Thorson.

Vinyl Taco will have two sides: One is the bar and restaurant, which seats about 80 and is aimed at the 21-and-older crowd; the other is a standing area where people, including those younger than 21, can order tacos and Mexican soft drinks to go.

From the standing area, customers can look through a window and view the gleaming stainless steel of the kitchen, where fresh corn tortillas will be made in-house.

Ackley described Vinyl Taco’s cuisine as more street food than restaurant fare. The building itself was modified to invite the outdoors inside.

The front windows are actually large doors that can be raised to reveal large screen doors.

While showing how the doors worked, Ackley said they expect the screen doors will be used for up to six months out of the year.

He also showed off the restaurant floor, which is comprised of 200-year-old floorboards taken from a barn in Gettysburg, Pa.

The brick walls and tile ceiling are original to the 1910 structure, according to Ackley, who said the business has pretty much everything it needs to start up except for one critical ingredient – workers.

He said Vinyl Taco is still looking to hire bartenders, cooks and servers. Anyone interested is encouraged to show up at the restaurant, or apply via the Vinyl Taco Facebook page.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555

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