New Restaurant Alert

Downtown’s Block 23 Has Its First Restaurant Tenant — Blanco Tacos & Tequila

Blanco Tacos & Tequila's fifth Arizona location is coming to Block 23 in downtown Phoenix.
Blanco Tacos & Tequila's fifth Arizona location is coming to Block 23 in downtown Phoenix. Courtesy of Block 23
RED Development announced its first restaurant tenant for Block 23, the mixed-use residential, retail, and office complex currently under construction in downtown Phoenix. Blanco Tacos & Tequila, of Fox Restaurant Concepts, is opening a 6,997-square-foot location by the end of 2019.

Block 23 and the upcoming Blanco Tacos & Tequila is set at 125 East Washington Street (First Street between Washington and Jefferson streets), with neighbors including CityScape, Collier Center, and Sam Fox family member, The Arrogant Butcher.

click to enlarge The 6,997-square-foot  Blanco Tacos & Tequila restaurant will open by the end of 2019. - COURTESY OF BLOCK 23
The 6,997-square-foot Blanco Tacos & Tequila restaurant will open by the end of 2019.
Courtesy of Block 23
“This will be a bigger and brighter Blanco experience, specifically created for Phoenix's downtown life. The bar will be as busy as our dining room all day long, and the menu will have new items to complement our classics," founder Sam Fox says in a press release. "We are thrilled to open this new Blanco as a part of the Block 23 project and join The Arrogant Butcher downtown.”

The upcoming Block 23 restaurant will join four other Blanco locations in Arizona (with two additional sites out of state in San Diego and Houston).


Other ground-floor restaurants are slated for construction during Block 23’s development, as well as downtown’s first Fry’s Food Stores grocery store — expected to be Arizona’s most technologically advanced.
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Lauren Cusimano is Phoenix New Times' food and drink editor. She is a journalist and food waste writer based in Tempe. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.
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