A pour-your-own beer kiosk at Harmon Corner has shuttered after less than a year, but the operators have a second boozy venture almost ready to debut in Chinatown.
Hop debuted last August in the middle of the mall’s upper-level pedestrian walkway, across from Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Thirsty visitors were given the opportunity to pull on 26 taps serving wine and domestic, imported, and local beers.
The first self-service concept on the Strip not linked to a larger restaurant or bar, “tapsters” made sure drinkers were of legal age and the pumps ran smoothly. Original plans had hoped to expand the idea nationally to malls, airports, and hotels.
Since January, Hop team members Adam Modder and Anthony Connelly have been working on the soon-to-arrive El Barrio Taqueria y Cantina on Spring Mountain, a close neighbor to Udon Monzo and Hot N Juicy Crawfish.
Now hiring and pushing for an “anticipated” grand opening on May 5, the space will host a fast-casual taco shop in front and a “cocktail driven speakeasy bar” in the back. The menu will include “4 street style tacos including al pastor and several antojitos” and El Barrio is looking to hire staff familiar with “vertical rotisseries.”
No word yet on how hidden the “speakeasy” will be from the general public
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