Paco's Tacos to open permanent downtown York location

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch

After Friday, June 8, downtown York City residents will be able to head to Taste Test's incubator restaurant without worrying whether or not they'll be able to eat Paco's Tacos.

The Mexican-inspired eatery, housed in Taste Test at 105 S. Duke St., announced in a Thursday, June 7, news release that it would unveil its new logo and open a permanent location within the facility.

The restaurant has held three short-term pop-ups at Taste Test in the Royal Square District and has been a hit in the community, the release states.

Taste Test allows restaurants to have monthlong pop-ups in the audition space of the establishment. If they are able to captivate York residents, they earn a permanent spot in the restaurant and bar space until they feel like moving into their own location.

Paco's was able to do just that.

The restaurant aims to utilize local ingredients to offer customers Mexican-inspired flavors and change the local perspective on Mexican food.

"Our tacos are a little elevated," said co-owner Anisa Diaczun. "We have street tacos, but they’re not your basic tortilla, meat and onions. When you take it apart, it’s not just a taco. It can be an entire entrée if you picked it apart and plated it differently."

Paco's Tacos, a Mexican-styled eatery featuring unique taco creations, like the Lenqua, made of beef tongue, and Chicken Tinga. "We want people in York to go outside their comfort zone" said co-owner Anisa Diaczun, Sunday, June 10, 2018. John A. Pavoncello

After previously spending time in Taste Test’s cafe in its audition stages, Paco’s will take over the restaurant side that includes the outdoor bar, the release states.

The restaurant is an example of how locals' dreams to open their own business can materialize, said Silas Chamberlin, CEO of Downtown Inc, York’s downtown improvement organization.

“We love that entrepreneurs continue to learn and grow in Downtown York,” Chamberlin said. "The city offers a place where people can experiment and work to reach their potential, and we wish for Paco’s continued success as they perfect their concept.”

However, the restaurant has even bigger aspirations.

Diaczun and fellow co-owner Brando Diaz eventually want to open their own location in downtown York City, according to the release.

Co-owners Anisa Diaczun, and Brando Diaz at Paco's Tacos, a Mexican-styled eatery featuring unique taco creations,  Sunday, June 10, 2018. John A. Pavoncello

“We want it to be spectacular,” Diaczun said. “We want it to be where everyone in York will come and have fun, eat some good food and feel right at home. We have a specific vision, and we know that it’s going to take some more time to develop.”

Paco’s will be open noon to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; noon to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays, when it will serve a rotating brunch and its regular menu, the release states.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, at Taste Test. The public is invited, and food will be served.