New downtown apartments will house Taco Mama, five other retail spaces

About 200 guests packed into the Taco Mama at The Waites’ mixed-use development on Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd last night for a preview party featuring menu items like hand-shaken margaritas and build-your-own tacos.

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Preview party for Taco Mama at The Waites, a new mixed-use development downtown. Photo by JH Daniel.

No opening date has been announced yet, but I’ll update the post when the official date is set.

The Mountain Brook-based, fast-casual Mexican concept is located on the bottom floor of the residential development located on the corner of Seventh Avenue South and Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard.

“We know our festive atmosphere and fresh, diverse menu is going to be a hit with the large and vibrant academic, medical, financial and professional communities of downtown,” said Will Haver, founder and owner of Taco Mama.

Taco Mama: Mexican Fare And More

The new location will offer Taco Mama’s selection of tacos, burritos and nachos featuring slow-roasted meats and fresh produce that will be prepared daily. Menu options will include“Build Your Own” or items served “Our Way.”

A selection of hand-shaken margaritas with names like the “Mi Casa”, “Prosecco Fizz”, and “Mercedes” will be available alongside seasonal offerings and beer selections.

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The Taco Mama menu and decor. Photo by JH Daniel.

Taco Mama will also offer catering services with delivery or pick up, featuring nacho and taco bars, burrito boxes and quesadilla trays to feed large groups.

The new location will feature hand-selected music and garage doors that open to an outdoor seating area, along with their signature easy-going, bright decor. Parking for retail tenants and residents will be in the rear of the property.

More Tenants For The Waites

Other retail and food establishments joining The Waites include: Club Pilates, Farm Burger, Smoothie King, Roll Up Sushi and
Which Wich Superior Sandwiches.

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Black and white photograph of two Waite’s Bakery’s delivery trucks parked beside the bakery at 2101 Seventh Avenue South. Photo via Birmingham Public Library.
 About The Waites

The development takes its name from the former Waites Bakery, a family-owned bakery, restaurant and tea room that was open from 1923 to 1984.

The Waites contains 45 one and two-bedroom apartments featuring “open living spaces and luxury amenities.”

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