Two new restaurants under construction near Parkdale Mall

A commercial complex that will house two new restaurants is currently under construction near Parkdale Mall.
The building going up behind Buffalo Wild Wings will eventually house R Taco and Salata.
According to Traci Montalbano, permit and demolition chief for the city of Beaumont, the shell-only permit has been issued, but individual building permits for each restaurant have not yet been issued to contractors. A shell building permit is generally utilized in phased construction or for design build, where the building’s structural shell may be designed and ready to submit for permitting but the interior design is not yet complete. It may also be utilized when individual tenants will complete their interior spaces to their specifications, which is most likely the case in this instance.
The cost of the 4,700-square-foot commercial complex is $725,000 and is being built by the EMJ Corporation out of Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to info supplied by Montalbano.
One of the restaurants, R Taco Franchise owner Chris Olexa told the Business Journal that after the shell building is complete, the interior work will most likely begin in September. He said he expects his restaurant to open in December. R Taco is a 2,200-square-foot, $200,000 project with a 412-square-foot patio and 100-person occupancy, consisting of 70 interior seats and 30 patio seats.
R Taco is a Texas-based fast casual restaurant chain launched in Dallas in 2010. It was formally known as Rusty Taco. According to a release by the company, “The restaurant specializes in street-style tacos made with fresh, hand-prepared ingredients and fast, affordable food served in a friendly and fun atmosphere.”
Buffalo Wild Wings is a majority owner of Rusty Taco Inc. Visit
According to spokesperson Esther Cortez, Salata, the other of the two restaurants, is slated to open in late 2017 or early 2018. The 2,500-square-foot restaurant has a project cost of $250,000 and will offer 81 interior seats and 20 patio seats.
According to Salata’s website, “In early 2003, Berge Simonian was running a small restaurant in an office building in downtown Houston when he noticed a growing trend. More and more guests were requesting fresh, healthy salads with made-from-scratch ingredients. So the wheels started turning, the testing began, and in October 2005, Berge, along with his brother-in-law Tony, opened the very first Salata.”
Salata offers fresh, hand-cut produce, lean proteins and homemade dressings, soups and sauces for guests’ custom salads and salad wraps.