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Tacoma’s El Borracho closes. No more $5 margaritas. But something else is planned

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The Sixth Avenue taco and cocktail spot El Borracho has closed permanently, but co-owner Kittie Davidovich said that if all goes as planned, she and partner Adam Pomerleau will open something else in that space at 2711 Sixth Ave. in 2021.

El Borracho closed earlier this week.

“Sadly, it is true that we have closed El Borracho Tacoma permanently due to ongoing adverse financial effects from COVID-19,” she said. “Both Adam and I are heavily invested in the Tacoma community and deeply appreciate being embraced by this awesome town.”

She added, “We are overwhelmed with gratitude for Tacoma’s warm welcome to town in 2017 and ongoing support over the past 3 years. We’ve met so many amazing folks.”

She does not yet have details to share, but said, “We hope to return in 2021 with a new plant-based concept that will reflect the rapidly changing restaurant industry.  My landlords have been very supportive.” 

The year 2021 also will mark the 30th anniversary of Davidovich becoming a vegan.

EL BORRACHO TACOMA HISTORY 

El Borracho was the home to the finest $5 tap margaritas in Tacoma and a bright dining spot for meat eaters and vegans.

The adults-only bar and restaurant was an extension of Seattle-based El Borracho from co-owners Kittie Davidovich and Adam Pomerleau. They opened their first El Borracho in 2012 in the Pike Place Market. The second followed in 2014 in Ballard.

The Tacoma outpost opened in 2017 in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood in the former home of Marrow, another restaurant that similarly attracted vegan diners alongside omnivores. 

The restaurant’s menu perfectly intersected the duo’s eating styles: Pomerleau is an omnivore and Davidovich eats vegan. 

Diners could find one of that neighborhood’s best assortment of vegan fare (and it’s a great neighborhood for vegans – be sure to check out The Red Hot for its meat-eatin’-and-vegan-friendly menu).

Co-owner Davidovich often described her concept succinctly as, “basically a taco bus with a bar.” The bar did great work for cheap booze. The bar opened with $4 tap margaritas – later increased in price to $5 sometime in 2019ish. Those margaritas were finely composed considering the price and that the house margarita was made with El Jimador blanco, Agavero orange liqueur and fresh citrus.

The restaurant was known for its hard-to-find meat-based taco fillings, such as rabbit, goat, lamb and duck. But it also did wildly imaginative vegan tacos, such as a Yukon gold potato and roasted poblano taco with a vegan cream that I would put up against most tacos in Tacoma. It was a damn fine taco, even by meat-eater standards.

Davidovich said she would share details of what’s next for the spot in early 2021.

NOW OPEN: MIYAMOTO SUSHI

Miyamoto Sushi has taken over the former Wabi-Sabi/Miyabi/Kabuki space in Tacoma. Here’s a first bite report.

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