Taco Tavern Closes, will be Replaced by Irish Bar

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Taco Tavern, which was called Barnacho until the Mexican spot decided to rebrand about a year ago, has closed its doors at 480 Amsterdam Avenue on the corner of 83rd Street.

Barnacho was JG Melon’s replacement. Before JG Melon, the space was occupied by a place called Joe’s, which also had really killer burgers.

And before Joe’s, it was home to Soldier McGee … (anyone want to keep going? Comment section below!)

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Now, Upper West Sider Colum Flattery is bringing The Avenue Bar & Kitchen to the space, which he tells us will open on May 1.


The Avenue will offer Irish fare with a southern slant, and while the menu is not yet finalized, Colum mentioned possible plates like cajun prime rib with cornbread stuffing, vegetarian jambalaya and baby back ribs. You can also expect Irish classics like fish and chips and Shepherd’s pie.

The bar will also come with eight cocktail taps (cocktails on tap, for the layman), and frozen Irish coffee and margarita machines.

Several cosmetic upgrades are being made in advance of the opening. The exterior will be green and black, the interior is being painted, and some flower beds are going to be placed outside. New booths will also be installed.

Flattery currently bartends on the Upper East Side, and was previously a partner at a bar in White Plains. He’s also working on his very own Flattery’s Fiery Irish Hot Sauce, which he’s hoping to get into Trader Joe’s. Some of his favorite neighborhood spots include Malachy’s and St. James Gate.

More info coming soon.


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