That guy up top? That’s Beto Salmeron. He just opened his fourth Tacos Chukis — the largest yet — in the Central District.
CHS told you all about the new 23d and Union taco joint here as it prepared to open last week. Here’s a look inside the Graham Baba-designed restaurant.
The arrival of Chukis at 23rd and Union adds to some excellent food and drink options in the rapidly re-developing area. Mexican options include Taqueria Sotelo with its longtime presence just up E Union while El Costeño does steady business with a permanent position in the Uncle Ike’s parking lot. Raised Doughnuts opened down the street on 23rd in June. Tacos Chukis, meanwhile, has coffee and haircut provider Squirrel Chops as a neighbor. To the west, Chuck’s draws a beery crowd nightly along with a rotation of food trucks while across the street the Central District Ice Cream Company is there to happily provide dessert. Block veterans Katy’s Korner and Central Cinema’s pizza nook Cafe Noir also continue to serve the neighborhood. Ethiopian restaurant Adey Abeba and the Union Market also continue to serve.
To the east, the Neighbor Lady has been doing its thing since 2012 and Feed Co. burgers is celebrating its second anniversary at 24th and Union with neighbors Union Coffee (2016) and Street Treats (2017). The block also includes Cortona Cafe.
The new year will also bring even more new life to the area. When the Liberty Bank Building with its affordable apartment units and equitable development debuts, it will also make a home for local businesses including a restaurant from That Brown Girl Cooks. You can watch for that new opening in 2019.
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