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Tacos Tacos Tacos to return to downtown Duluth this summer

The taqueria will open in the former T-Icy Roll storefront at 202 E. Superior St.

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An order of tacos at Robert Guiliani’s Duluth taqueria.
Steve Kuchera / 2021 file / Duluth News Tribune
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DULUTH — The downtown taqueria Tacos Tacos Tacos will reopen in a nearby location this summer, owner Robert Giuliani announced.

The restaurant, which opened in March 2021, temporarily closed in October 2021 when the lease at 108 E. Superior St. ended. The taqueria will soon be open just a block away at 202 E. Superior St., in the former T-Icy Roll building. Giuliani said labor and supply shortages make the timeline uncertain, but he hopes to be open this summer.

“I’m very grateful that we were able to test out the waters because within that short time we were open, we really gained a huge following,” he said. “It’s going to be a little while, but we’re pretty excited because the storefront of the place is just amazing. There’s so much bright light and the location is wonderful, being right in the (Historic Arts and Theater) District.”

Giuliani has been in Mexico for most of the winter, making his way to various taquerias around the country. He said the reopened restaurant will offer most of the same menu selections as before, but he found inspiration for a few new dishes he'd like to try.

Above all else, his goal is to make Tacos Tacos Tacos feel like an authentic Mexican taqueria. He's putting a new kitchen in the restaurant, which will allow customers to watch the tacos as they are made. Giuliani said this wasn't a feasible option in the former Coney Island restaurant location.

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“I just really want people to experience the food that I had growing up as a kid and traveling through Mexico," he said. "And just kind of show people what they see here in the states isn’t really what it’s like in Mexico.”

In addition to the announcement to reopen in Duluth, Tacos Tacos Tacos is also planning a food truck and a St. Paul location near the Xcel Energy Center. Giuliani, of Duluth, said this will be the first among several Twin Cities locations he has in the works, and the food truck will travel between Duluth and the Twin Cities as demand allows.

He was even approached, during his travels in Mexico while working with Mexican chefs, to open a Tacos Tacos Tacos location in Mexico.

“When you hear somebody say that your food is that good, they’d like to bring it down to Mexico where you got it from, that says something about the food," Giuliani said. "It is authentic.”

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Laura Butterbrodt covers health for the Duluth News Tribune. She has a bachelor of arts in journalism from South Dakota State University and has been working as a reporter in Minnesota and South Dakota since 2014.
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