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Coming soon to Wellington: New taco joint from group behind Oli’s

A new taco restaurant is coming to Wellington, part of a local restaurant group’s expansion into family-friendly dining.

With its opening targeted for later this month, Don Chepo’s will be the latest addition to Fashion Cuisine Group’s portfolio in Wellington, joining Oli’s, The Grille and Whitehorse.

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But where those restaurants are known for their fine dining, Fashion Cuisine Group owner-partners Juan Gando and Dustin Parfitt have a different vision for Don Chepo’s.

“They want this to be something where a family can swing by after practice and have four to five people eat affordably,” said Kelly Colbath, Fashion Cuisine Group marketing manager.

In the former storefront where Fashion Cuisine’s Seahorse restaurant once served lobster bisque, ceviche and snapper, Don Chepo’s will offer a variety of fresh, inventive, eye-pleasing tacos, Colbath said.

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“They wanted to have something that’s a little more creative, but still within Mexican cuisine,” she added.

A draft menu features a mouth-watering lineup with tacos served in pairs and priced between $7 and $9. A list of appetizers runs between $5 — for grilled street corn — and $9. An “extensive” tequila list also is in the works, Colbath said.

While patrons on the patio will be surrounded by herbs and vegetables growing for use in Don Chepo’s kitchen, guests sitting inside will be surrounded by graffiti murals. Customers will be able to choose from seats at a long community dining table or traditional, smaller tables.

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Don Chepo’s will make its debut with a booth this Saturday at Wellington’s Green Market next to the Wellington Amphitheater, Colbath said. There, curious eaters can sample some of the new restaurant’s offerings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

She said Gando and Parfitt are excited to unveil their new concept, while maintaining the visually appealing fare that has made their other endeavors so successful.

“Your eyes are pleased before the food even hits your stomach,” Colbath said.

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