New Mexican restaurant cooks up 20 jobs

Dan Lindsay, Jacque Ferreira and Rich Ford

Some 20 new jobs have been created after a new Mexican restaurant opened in Nottingham last weekend.

Taquero is based on Heathcote Street in Nottingham’s Hockley area and has been created by co-owners Dan Lindsay and Chef Jacque Ferreira, the team behind Bar Iberico and Iberico World Tapas.

The 2,500 sq ft restaurant has been renovated by Lindsay, with bold colours inspired by his trips to Mexico. In one of its previous lives, the eye-catching grade II listed building was a former lace mill, and care has been taken to restore some of the building’s original features such as exposed brick arched windows inside, and stained-glass windows on the front.

The new venue has capacity for 54 diners, an outside seating area for the warmer months, and an open-pass kitchen. It also has a basement for additional guests and private parties launching in February.

Similar to its sister restaurant Bar Iberico, Taquero will be walk-ins only, with table booking only available during the week for tables of over ten people.

Lindsay said: “We’re really excited to be officially opening our doors to the public. It’s certainly been a journey to get to this point with a lot of time and effort spent, but we can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been working on.

“We’ve drawn on inspiration from trips to Mexico as well as from our other restaurants such as Bar Iberico. Care and attention has been given to every detail from the interiors which, like Bar Iberico, are relaxed yet inviting, to the carefully curated menu of exciting and authentic Mexican dishes and bold flavour pairings. This is Mexican dining like Nottingham hasn’t experienced before, and we can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

Created by co-owner chef Jacque Ferreira and head chef Ovid Edwards the new menu will feature meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes – including the Al Pastor tacos which feature grilled pork, pineapple and salsa verde; the Plantain and Black Bean tacos which feature plantain, frijoles and almond mole; and the Tuna Tostadas which feature sashimi grade tuna, sesame, avocado and coriander.

Ferreira added: “Authentic Mexican flavours have always been a love of mine so launching Taquero is particularly special for me. We’ve put a lot of passion and care into every single dish, and created a menu that is a true celebration of Mexican cuisine, history and culture. Until now, Nottingham didn’t have a traditional high-end Mexican food offering so it’s exciting to be bringing something new to the city. Each item on the menu from the salsas though to the tacos, sides and more feature traditional Mexican techniques and pairings with something to suit all tastes.

“Mexican food is food to be enjoyed with friends in a laidback atmosphere and that’s exactly what we’ve channelled at Taquero.”

The restaurant will be run by general manager Rich Ford who also runs Bar Iberico and assistant general manager Saara Croeser. Meanwhile the bar will be run by former Cottonmouth employee Kyran Scott.