F’ville square adds culinary twist — rooftop dining at Twisted Taco

Signing the lease for the old Travis Hardware building are (L-R) Fayetteville Community Development Director Brian Wismer, Fayetteville Downtown Development Authority Chairman Sarah Murphy, Twisted Taco franchise holder for Fayetteville Gavin Abadi and Twisted Taco president Paul Gibbs. Photo/Special.

The old Travis Hardware building on Glynn Street in downtown Fayetteville will soon undergo a transformation. With the opening anticipated in late 2012, the historic structure will become the home of the first “Twisted Taco” restaurant on Atlanta’s south side.

Beyond its signature Tex-Mex cuisine, the new restaurant will feature unexpected twist — Fayette County’s only roof-top dining.

Fayetteville Community Development Director Brian Wismer said that the Fayetteville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has reached an agreement with Twisted Taco, the Atlanta-based Tex-Mex restaurant.

“This is a perfect example of what the DDA was designed to do,” Wismer said. “They took a stagnant building and actively pursued a tenant that would help to bring more foot traffic and also attract other businesses to come to this unique and historic area of our city. We will soon have a real destination dining area with three unique restaurants to choose from: Twisted Taco, Olde Courthouse Tavern and City Cafe.”

So what should Twisted Taco customers expect to see when the restaurant opens later this year? Twisted Taco is a cross between an old West saloon and a sports bar, according to the restaurant’s website. It will feature authentic western decor and multiple high-definition televisions.

Using only fresh ingredients, Twisted Taco specializes in top shelf Tex-Mex cuisine featuring California style burritos, fajitas and homemade salsas. Also available will be more than 50 tequilas, 40 beers and 16 signature margaritas.

Twisted Taco President Paul Gibbs said the company has the goal of opening the Fayetteville restaurant in late 2012. A signature feature of this restaurant will include a large dining area on the rooftop that overlooks the downtown square. The rooftop will offer a full menu, a large amount of seating and a separate bar area, said franchisee Gavin Abadi.

Gibbs said it was Wismer who knew of Twisted Taco and contacted them about the idea of coming to Fayetteville.

“We looked at the property and we liked what we saw,” Gibbs said. “We were enamored with downtown and the potential it has for the future. We’re excited about coming to Fayetteville and the opportunity to offer folks Twisted Tacos. And we’re excited to have the only rooftop patio in the county.”

The Fayetteville location will be the eighth for Twisted Taco and the first on the south side of Atlanta. Established in 2002, Twisted Taco has locations in Alpharetta, Roswell, Smyrna, Johns Creek, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Suwanee.

For Abadi, this will be his third Twisted Taco location. The first was in the north Fulton County city of Johns Creek followed by the recent opening of the Suwanee location.

“We were actively looking for locations,” Abadi said. “Fayetteville is comparable to Suwanee, so Fayetteville for us was the next step. We’re looking forward to being here.”

As for the Fayetteville DDA, they could hardly be happier.

“For the DDA, this marks the triumphant conclusion of a two-year process to secure a prime tenant that can further the revitalization effort of downtown Fayetteville,” Wismer said. “This effort began years ago with improvements to the downtown streetscape. It was soon followed by local businesses renovating their storefronts and new businesses opening. Then in early 2011, the Olde Courthouse Tavern opened its doors and created a consistent night time presence on the square. The DDA feels that, with the addition of Twisted Taco, the downtown square will become a prime gathering place for residents and visitors.”

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Tentative opening for Twisted Taco

They are hoping for Nov. 18th.

Inside dining only.

Nosebleed skyview section probably not opening till next spring.

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Twisted Taco

has jail cell booths. With wrought iron gates. Oh goody.

Check out photos of the inside and the rooftop area. They are on the FCDA Facebook page.

Man, gonna be a doozy of a rooftop.

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When will they open?

I'm aware of the structural challenges they've had, but it has to be costing someone an arm and a leg getting this ready.

Can't wait to enjoy their tacos and a cold one.

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H&F I do not know

When. The number I have is 678-709-0950 and no one answers.

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Taco awning in storms

I don't know, I think awnings up there might be a bit of a hazard in some of our weather fronts that can come through the square. It would give new meaning to the name twisted though. Hope not. My lights just dimmed, I'm outa here for now. I have some hatches to batten down.

I posted this in the wrong spot. Sorry.

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Twisted Taco delay

I read that when they started renovations, they discovered structural damage to the building that had to be addressed before they could actually put in the restaurant and that this has been the delay.

I am definitely looking forward to having another decent place to eat at on the square - a location in walking distance of my house. Should be soon now. The hiring signs are up in the windows!

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Twisted Taco?

Is this still in the works? Anyone know when/if it's actually going to open?

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Twisted Taco

Did I see a new set of stairs around the back of this place? I wasn't paying attention when I went by till the last minute. Any new news about this place?

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Is it safe?

That's a mighty old building. Is it really safe enough to be eating on the roof?

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johenry wrote:

That's a mighty old building. Is it really safe enough to be eating on the roof?

When the building was gutted and retrofitted for a restaurant tenant, it got a new roof ... so yes I think the answer would be yes. They surely wouldn't propose such a thing if the building couldn't already support it.

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MLC & Stairs

Your eyes did not deceive you--there are new stairs. That's all I know.

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Thanks AHG

Go DAWGS!

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The Twisted Taco joint

They were working on the place today.

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Well, golly, maybe they will open by Cinco de Mayo..2014!

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The Twisted Taco Joint

They were working on the rooftop awning structure this afternoon.

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Fine Dining in Fayetteville

Congratulations and kudos to those who have introduced fine dining to Fayetteville. Zagat and Michelin take note!!!

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Twisted Taco!

Welcome!

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yay!

I, for one, am looking forward to rooftop dining so close to home. Thank you, Twisted Taco, for choosing Fayetteville for your new location. Yummy tacos!

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common tater-now there's a thought

how about this culinary establishment name...taters and tacos. Say that a few times to yourself. Has a certain ring to it. taters and tacos...

It sure would cater to the tater-loving crowd, in addition to the taco-loving crowd. I think you're on to something there, tater. Tanks, tater.

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So sick...

Of everyone "poo pooing" everything new that happens in Fayetteville or in the county. If you don't like the idea of a new NICE restaurant on the square, go eat a Picadilly!

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The kitchen here is not even warmed up yet. This is a conservative dominated blog, and new ideas are not assimilated very well. Perhaps sponsor a Tea Party on the roof, have plenty of lawn chairs and a big buffet table.

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WTG Wiz!!

You're doing a fantastic job!

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WTG Wiz!!

You're doing a fantastic job!

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Twisted Taco

I hope they take the time and come up with a better floor plan than Olde Courthouse Tavern. I went to OCT one time and was completely frustrated by the waiting area (or lack there of). Nothing like dodging wait/kitchen staff while you are waiting to be seated.

A positive for OCT is that they won't be the only one dealing with their local house drunk. Now she'll be able to bar hop between the two

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More western decor and HD tv's

now there's an original concept.

Create more foot traffic to walk where?

Will there be rooftop restrooms, too? If I'm drinking tequila and margaritas and beer, don't make me go up and down those stairs. Better yet, how about an elevator? Those are fun when you've had a few.

I can't wait.

Oh, and don't forget, it only took $250,000. to get this going.

http://www.georgiacitiesfoundation.org/Projects.aspx?CNID=59039

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MLC, you old pessimist you. Just think, this could be another

location for bloggers to get together. As for the rooftop dining and restrooms; if you have a 'holding' problem Depends has a great new product out according to their ads. And, you know exercise is good for the body and soul, especially after some good mexican food and a few margaritas. As for the $250,000, that is a mere pittance compared to what was/is squandered on the West Bypass.
You just gotta get over that negativity and start thinking positively.

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Thinking positively....here...? Oxymoron alert!

Considering what will be the average age of this county over the next ten years, having a walker available up there on the skyview seats wouldn't be such a bad idea, either. At least any flatulence created by the bean effect will be dissipated into the atmosphere above the square, along with all the automobile emissions present from down below. (There's some positivity)

For some reason, imbibing alcohol has an exponential effect on one's bladder, unlike the consumption of any other beverage, dontcha think?

However, with the county govt. offices just across the corner, seems it would be a perfect spot to sit up high and have very deep discussions about any current state of affairs. Affairs, now there's another topic for another day...

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mlc, after a certain age everything has that effect on one's

bladder. Just think you can throw water balloons down on the unsuspecting passers-by. They can even offer free margaritas to the person getting the most direct hits. See, you can be optimistic---thinking that any new restaurant will still be in existence in ten years. As for having a walker, you know after enough drinks you could probably roll down the stairs and not feel anything--that is if the margaritas are not watered down. Now, affairs, that would make it interesting--expecially in this day and age when everyone has a camera on their phone. Think of the nice pics you could get and what they might be worth----wonder if anyone has thought of using their's in Y-Knot's---over the years there would have been some pretty good one's of some of our fine upstanding politicians.

I may just have to go to see the town imbiber mentioned in someone else's blog.

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mymite-you know you're getting old

when you start saying, "after a certain age" when describing situations. I did think about the throwing things over the wall/railing/net/barbed wire/electrified fence apparatus that will be installed.

Some items might be beneficial to throw over to those below. How about if, let's say, I left my keys on my table by mistake on my out way out and when I have walked/hobbled/sashayed/fallen/climbed/crawled/rolled or flown down the stairs/ramps/emergency chute/elevator to my vehicle, and the rest of the party is still up there whooping it up, I can use my cell phone to call up there to have them do a high curve throw to me down below. Sure beats repeating (in reverse) the above mentioned exit to get them myself. Or I can call the Twisted Taco and ask them to get a message to Armando, our latino waiter,(or maybe Anna, our latino waitress) to do the overhead throw down to me below.

The only issue with Y-Knot, is that it is not within walking(or some other form of forward movement mentioned above) distance of the next step of the affair I hinted at above. The hotel/no-tell motel or dew drop inn that is the natural progression of too much food, drink and general rowdiness that is associated with affairs that are not with your spouse/lover/significant other. See, the Twisted Taco will be within walking distance of at least 2 of these next steps mentioned above. The Holiday Inn across the square and the Hampton Inn down the lovely street-scaped venue with benches and soft overhead lighting along the way for pausing for, well, just for pausing.

However, in defense of Y-Knot, I do know of at least one (rather 2, as it does take 2) who have taken the liberty of using one of our well designed paths to stop for a little, shall we say, evening delight, after dark, upon exiting the Y Knot. All very discreet, although not as discreet as the Hampton inn or the Holiday Inn one city over.

You know, I think you've talked me into seeing the positive side of this new place. Or maybe, i just talked myself into seeing the positive side. I have at least, talked myself into oblivion in this post. Which, in this case, is a very positive thing.

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MLC, I have had to admit being after a certain age for sometime

now. Do I always act it? No---

I think whether or not you get your keys or something else thrown down to you will depend on the size of your tip.

What makes you theenk the servers will be latino. I bet they will all be asian. Makes it much more interesting.

So, do you know the two who were tangoing or are you just guessing or do you know from actual experience? And I believe you are old enough to know or young enough to remember it doesn't always take two to tango--but it does make the dance much more interesting. Seems to me I remember seeing some cars in motion with no motor running in Y-KNOTS parking lot--that must have been the younger crass crowd, too young and not able to spring for Hampton Inn on their weekly stipend.

Oblivion is a good place. I go there quite often myself. See you there sometime or at Taco Whatever.

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mymite

two are definitely better than one. Now, I am not able to provide details for obvious reasons but I will say a cart and the woods and a very long path were involved. It was electric, not gas. If you saw some cars in motion, I would make a guess that there was at least one motor running. That reminds me, it's PowerBall night!...Night...

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Well, mlc, PowerBall has come and gone and I think I have the

powerball and 1 other number--wouldn't even buy one taco. Hope you have better luck. Would love to know someone worth 120+ MIL. Going to bed and dream of all I could have done with the big bucks.

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Well, mlc, PowerBall has come and gone and I think I have the

powerball and 1 other number--wouldn't even buy one taco. Hope you have better luck. Would love to know someone worth 120+ MIL. Going to bed and dream of all I could have done with the big bucks.

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mlc, after a certain age everything has that effect on one's

bladder. Just think you can throw water balloons down on the unsuspecting passers-by. They can even offer free margaritas to the person getting the most direct hits. See, you can be optimistic---thinking that any new restaurant will still be in existence in ten years. As for having a walker, you know after enough drinks you could probably roll down the stairs and not feel anything--that is if the margaritas are not watered down. Now, affairs, that would make it interesting--expecially in this day and age when everyone has a camera on their phone. Think of the nice pics you could get and what they might be worth----wonder if anyone has thought of using their's in Y-Knot's---over the years there would have been some pretty good one's of some of our fine upstanding politicians.

I may just have to go to see the town imbiber mentioned in someone else's blog.

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