Chef Mike Cordero announces Taco Rock in Rosslyn, Va.

Fast-casual concept to serve Blue Rock tortilla street tacos, breakfast

Chef Mike Cordero is bringing a hip, Mexican street taco eatery to Arlington’s Rosslyn, Va. district. Taco Rock, at 1501 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va., is a fast-casual concept he is running with sons Nick and Anthony. Sure to be a local hangout, Taco Rock in Rosslyn will debut in July. The senior Cordero has partnered in, or founded, taco concepts, previously, in Northern Virginia, including Don Taco in Old Town, Alexandria and Don Tito in Arlington, as well as Malibu Grill in Columbia, Md.

Cordero is not known for launching quick-service concepts so Taco Rock will certainly be a stand out as his first. Taco Rock will be his ninth Northern Virginia restaurant. Currently, Cordero is the executive chef and owner of Barley Mac, Bronx Pizza, Don Tito, Don Taco, Primetime Sports Bar, and The G.O.A.T Sports.

Additionally, the seasoned Cordero is a partner and president of MacNac Hospitality, which runs several of these concepts, in addition the upcoming Bronson German beer hall in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington—a complete remodel and transformation of the former A-Town Bar and Grill.

[Related story: A-Town Bar and Grill converted to Bronson German beer hall]

The look and vibe of Taco Rock in Rosslyn is crafted by designer Yvette Irene, who will feature a giant guitar “jutting out of the ceiling” inside the 2,467-square-foot restaurant and bar space. Irene is also helping create the feel of Bronson. Taco Rock is a reimagined space on Wilson Boulevard as the Cordero eatery replaces Spinfire Pizza, the previous tenant.

Taco Rock in Rosslyn to offer fresh street tacos, tequila bar, ‘cool vibe’

Chef Mike Cordero announces Taco Rock in Rosslyn with Chef Stefano Marzano and Cordero's sons, Nick and Anthony.
Chef Mike Cordero announces Taco Rock with Chef Stefano Marzano and Cordero’s sons, Nick and Anthony. Photo by Chef Mike Cordero.

Taco Rock is an “out-of-the-box” street taco concept, according to Cordero, symbolizing its intended speed of service. The kitchen will be run by Chef Stefano Marzano, co-founder of MightyMeals. “Taco Rock offers the best of both worlds—upscale, out-of-the-box tacos without hurting your wallet,” said Cordero. “We anticipate the Rosslyn community will deem Taco Rock as the go-to spot for a quick bite or the place to hang out and grab a tequila or beer—all while enjoying our signature Blue Rock tacos.”

What’s more, the 50-seat eatery will also offer the popular style of Carne Asada and El Pastor tacos and offer breakfast, as well. Diners can tap a selection of premium street tacos, created with fresh, vibrant ingredients and prepared on made-from-scratch, proprietary, Blue Rock tortillas:

  • The Figgy Piggy—Slow roasted pork with sweet and savory fig glaze
  • Bourbon BBQ Short Rib—Short ribs with caramelized onions and crispy fried onions
  • Pork Belly Banh Mi—Grilled pork belly, Vietnamese slaw and cilantro
  • Ya Mon Caribbean Jerk Chicken—Grilled chicken, cabbage, jerk sauce topped with a mango pico de gallo
  • TNT—Fresh blue fin tuna seared with seaweed and cucumber wasabi sauce
  • Land & Sea—Skirt steak and beer-battered shrimp with caramelized onions and horseradish sauce

Patrons of Taco Rock will enjoy an extensive tequila offering from the bar, as well as an assortment of Mexican beers. Additionally, Taco Rock in Rosslyn will serve up fresh, cream-stuffed churros and hand-rolled ice cream tacos. Cordero’s group signed a 20-year lease for the space with Monday Properties.

Taco Rock Rosslyn, 1501 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va. 22201

This article was updated June 2 to reflect an updated opening month.

Photo credit: Don Tito (featured photo, which is Don Tito), Chef Mike Cordero (inline)

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