The Silver Queen teal taco truck has become a staple at local events in the past year, but plans to serve chef Wes Kent’s tortilla- enclosed goodness in a more permanent location took a step forward in last Tuesday’s council meeting.
The council approved a co-variance that will allow the restaurant to build their structure right on 125 Wayne St. with additional parking in the back to make it more convenient to walk to and feel more connected to the rest of downtown.
Andrew Williams, who is helping running the business side of Kent’s enterprise, has engaged with an architect from Atlanta, DeCarlo Hawker, to build something that will expand Monroe’s downtown another block.
While it will be connected to the downtown area, the design will be more modern and less industrial than many of the current structures on Broad Street.
According to the plans Williams turned over the code department, the future restaurant will have 189 seats, including a patio and a rooftop.
Williams said Silver Queen still needs to get approval from the state fire marshal before they start construction, but he is optimistic they can start this fall.
That would mean the restaurant could open in the first quarter of 2019, Williams said.
“We’re excited to build something new for Monroe,” Williams said.