Calavera is Back :) But Tasty 8's is Gone :(

From the News & Observer...

When restaurateur Ken Yowell closed Calavera Empanadas earlier this year, he didn’t rule out an eventual return. That return came sooner than expected, though.

”I hoped to maybe take a vacation,” Yowell said Tuesday. “There’s always next year.”

Calavera will reopen sooner rather than later in the space now occupied by Tasty 8’s at 121 Fayetteville St. ...

Dentist Dr. Brett Wells opened Tasty 8’s in 2014, but said the demands of owning a restaurant are too great as he prepares to open his third dental office. He said he had been looking for an exit strategy for a while, so he put Tasty 8’s on the market and Yowell scooped it up. ...

Yowell said he closed Calavera primarily because of a cramped kitchen, and a timely offer from another restauranteur to take over the space. There was no hood on the stovetop or a deep fryer. Yowell said the Tasty 8’s space allows him to run the restaurant he wants.

”The kitchen at Calavera was such a drag,” Yowell said. “Tasty 8’s popped up on our radar as being for sale, so we reached out to Dr. Wells. It looks like it’s going to be a perfect fit.”

The new Calavera will have more than twice the seating as the old location on South Blount Street, plus churros and possibly breakfast, keeping the Latin-focused concept open from early to late. He plans to keep the walk-up window.

Yowell said he’s still in the early stages of relocating Calavera, but likes the idea of a pop-up Cinco de Mayo event in the new space on May 5. After some renovations, he hopes to open back up by June. ...
— Drew Jackson - N&O
Brent Woodcox