This article was updated on April 19 due to changing opening dates.
Tacos My Love, an authentic Mexican spot in St. Petersburg, will host its grand opening on May 5, Cinco De Mayo. But first, on April 28, the restaurant will have a soft opening.
“That’s a taco Tuesday,” said owner and New York transplant Pedro Rosales. In his pre-Florida life, Rosales ran businesses in New York City. The St. Petersburg area, he says, is a whole different animal.
The St. Petersburg location at 400 49th St. S. – which seats 150 – was set to debut earlier this month, but the process was delayed due to permitting and code requirements.
“We have to make sure the location is safe before we open,” Rosales said, but added that he’s set the new opening date, when the eatery will unveil its recipes, co-crafted by the executive chef, Jonatan Alberto.
The restaurant will offer a rollout of plant-based options, but not be exclusively vegan. It’s a natural choice, considering Rosales himself is 70% vegan (with some wiggle room.) Plant-based or not, though, Rosales promises fresh Mexican food.
“We’re a scratch kitchen; everything is going to be fresh,” he said.
Tacos My Love will open in the former the Mid-Peninsula Seafood Market, but have a completely different feel. Rosales plans to host private parties and obtained a liquor license. The heart of the restaurant will be Rosales’s Micheladas, a traditional Mexican cocktail mixed with beer, lime, salt, and spices.
“We’re going to have some really fresh, really good Mexican dishes that I’m excited about,” Rosales said. “St. Petersburg hasn’t seen anything like this.”
Think twists like jackfruit nachos, he adds.