PORTAGE PARK – A beloved Mexican restaurant in Portage Park, which suspended large events last summer, is now bringing them back after the city granted it an entertainment license.
Tatas Tacos, 5700 W. Irving Park Road, received Places of Public Amusement License Last week, the restaurant’s third location was allowed to reopen for large entertainment, owners Julia Paphitis and Marci Romero Berner said.
“Receive our [Public Place of Amusement] Licenses are a huge benefit to our business. It reinforces our commitment to serving food excellence in a vibrant and lively atmosphere,” the co-owners said in a statement. “We can’t wait to share this incredible offering with the Portage Park community and beyond. experience. “
Tatas Tacos has launched a Summer Activity Series Take advantage of license approval and more entertainment this week. Comedy show by local comedian Patti Vasquez on Thursday at 7pm, live salsa band on Friday night and Hugo Elvis Tribute Band on Saturday at 8pm .
The series will provide entertainment Wednesday through Saturday nights on the ground floor of the restaurant, including open mic and storytelling nights, musical programming, trivia nights and more.
A special permit is required for casinos that charge an entry fee and hold more than 100 people.when the owner open position Last year they had a couple of big show events but were never told they needed a specific license and didn’t charge an entry fee, they were in a community meeting earlier this year.
After receiving complaints from neighbors, Ald. Nick Sposato (No. 38) late last year asked the owner to cease activity and apply for a special permit. Paphitis and Romero Berner previously said that, in good faith with the community, they asked their neighbors to support the restoration before applying for a permit.
More than 30 people attended the meeting, many of whom lived near the restaurant Show support for the business and get your questions answered About noise, garbage and parking.
The owners of Tatas told residents they would not book a rock band for the event and that the music would only be played on the first floor of the building. The owners have also previously said they are “very willing” to hire security guards for events of more than 100 people, but may only hire once a month for the restaurant’s Saturday music series, which focuses on local folk and indie musicians.
The restaurant seats 130 people, but since it only has three waiters, it may only hold 90 people for a large event. Reservations required for live eventsRomero Berner said it before.
“We need to be able to hold these events so we can maintain the business,” she said.
While many of Tatas’ customers don’t drive to the restaurant, Paphitis and Romero Berner are striking deals with the owners of nearby Dollar Tree and E & J Auto Service to allow customers to park in their parking lots during nighttime events.
Tatas Tacos also has locations in Six Corners and Lakeview.
Portage Park Restaurant is open Tuesday to Friday 11pm to 9pm and weekends 11am to midnight.
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