After a January fire forced the restaurant to close until it can be rebuilt, El Tucan del Cielo Mexican Restaurant has decided to re-open in a temporary location. The restaurant is temporarily moving to its previous location in Halifax Square, just steps away from the space that burned.
Yuli Soto owns and operates the restaurant with her husband, Fransico Lopez, and said they are eager to see their customers again. The two hope to serve food at the new location at 3600 Frederica Street Suite F by the end of next week.
“Our goal is to serve food by the end of next week,” Soto said. “We are also working on obtaining our liquor license for the new location, but it will take some time.”
With zero shifts in personnel, the restaurant will boast the same menu the community has grown to love. Soto said she was saddened to downsize but still considers herself grateful to have even found a location.
“It’s where we started,” she said. “We moved to the other location for more room, so it will be tough to operate out of a smaller space. It’s bittersweet. I will miss the space and fish tanks, but I’m happy we get to see our customers again, especially the little ones I’ve grown to love.”
Soto said the sacrifice and work would all be worth it when the first customer walks through the door. She added that they are doing all they can to make the space as “homey and Tucan” as possible.
“The community has been very supportive; our Facebook page is staying very busy with people reaching out,” Soto said. “Several people have done wonderful things to help us out.”
To keep updated on when the location will open, follow the restaurant on Facebook here.