Facial adjustments to the building at 3701 N. Main have left it rustier than it was when El Taquito Rico shuttered in the same space last May. The former Woodland Heights Mexican restaurant’s yellow sign has been removed, as has the standing seam mansard roof-style awning that wrapped its frontage on N. Main. In their place, a headband of corrugated metal now hugs the top of the structure — which sits on a narrow 8,375-sq.-ft. lot at the end of Pecore St., just west of I-45 (and across the street from the O’Reilly Auto Parts building that Asia Market is moving into).
Floor-to-ceiling windows that lined the restaurant’s entryway have also been truncated:
Here’s what the view toward Pecore St. looked like back in November:
There’s no sign indicating the name of the restaurant yet, however a TABC notice posted on the building’s front door last year listed the applicant as Puro Mente LLC — a business connected to the owner of the Taqueria Barba food truck often seen across from Catalina Coffee on Hemphill just south of Washington in the Heights.
- Previously on Swamplot: First Sign of the New Restaurant Headed for El Taquito Rico’s Spot on North Main
Photos: Marc Longoria (former El Taquito Rico); Swamplot inbox (renovated building)