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Olé! Hot Tamale and El Toro Open in Morrisville


Enchiladas at El Toro in Morrisville - COURTESY OF EL TORO
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  • Enchiladas at El Toro in Morrisville

Over the past few months, the dining scene in Morrisville has been a bit of a revolving door. Thai Kitchen, which had taken over the former Bee's Knees spot at 82 Lower Main Street, closed. So did the short-lived Nichè, which, for just three months, offered cocktails and comfort food at 74 Portland Street, former home of the Rogue Artisans Café.

Now, new businesses are moving into both buildings, and both of them serve Mexican food. Hot Tamale, which has been a staple at farmers markets and festivals, will make its niche at the former Nichè. And El Toro, which opened on Pleasant Street in 2015, will buzz on over to the spot on Lower Main.

Currently, El Toro serves local, made-from-scratch versions of Mexican dishes such as enchiladas and tacos. Fusion options include green-chile poutine and a tortilla-wrapped burger. In the new location, said El Toro owner Jennifer Isabell, she'll be able to offer more menu items, such as combo plates, taco and guacamole salads, and breakfast specials.

Also in the works is a liquor license, with which Isabell plans to serve beer, wine and cocktails. "We definitely want to specialize in margaritas," she noted, with creative versions in addition to the classic drink.

Patrons will be able to sing as they sip: "We're going to have live music," Isabell said. "Mostly acoustic acts, smaller acts, bluesy and folk."

If all goes well, El Toro will open in its new location, with 50 seats instead of its current eight, on April 4. "I wasn't exactly looking to expand," said Isabell. "But this came up, and it was a good opportunity to make a move. People are like, 'You're gonna kill it!'"

Hot Tamale, which takes a similarly handmade approach, will open on April 1 and offer tostadas, chile rellenos, tacos, and savory and sweet tamales.

The original print version of this article was headlined "Morrisville Moves"

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