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Pato Roja Taqueria

A popular Cincinnati taco truck is putting down familiar roots downtown.

Pata Roja Taqueria, which can usually be found on street tacos behind Pendleton’s Saeso Bar, will set up shop along the Court Street Plaza at 52 E. Court St. Owners Derrick Braziel and Michael Millay, a former FC Cincinnati player and CEO of Rooted Creative, have already begun planning the menu and layout of the new restaurant.

Having a regular space will be a welcome addition, the couple says, and will give guests a unique, fun place to sit and enjoy their tacos. They explored the area from Camp Washington to Mount Washington, eventually settling on Court Street after seeing the area evolve into the commercial and restaurant scene it is today.

“We truly feel that our taqueria will thrive here in a space that is so connected to the community,” Braziel said in the release. “We see Pata Roja as a way to help bridge the gap between the Central Business District and Over-the-Rhine, bringing these two communities together through a shared love of good food and good company.”

“We are truly looking forward to giving this Cincinnati staple a permanent home in the heart of Court Street Plaza,” Lindy Gunnells, 3CDC’s commercial leasing manager, said in the release. “As we continue to watch the Court Street Plaza area grow, we couldn’t think of a better partner than Derrick Braziel – he is extremely passionate about his work, a great asset to the community, and committed to creating a unique, welcoming place with Pato Roja.”

Pata Roja is known for its authentic and bold flavors with signature Mexican dishes such as tacos al pastor, marinated beef tacos, seasonal vegetarian tacos and fresh salsa. Brazile and Millay say they want the restaurant to have an atmosphere similar to a traditional taqueria in Mexico City, but with a Cincinnati twist. “Pata roja” translates to “red foot” in Spanish, giving the taqueria that local connection, and diners should expect a Cincinnati Reds vibe to permeate the space, according to the release.

Pata Roja is expected to open later in 2023, joining Court Street Plaza’s growing restaurant scene that includes Mid-City, Pilar and the soon-to-open Onolicious Hawaii and Court Street Kitchen.

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