by Jerry Morgan
Metzger Family Restaurants, owners of Jax Kitchen and The Abbey, has announced plans to open their newest venture, Gio Taco later this year.
In a press release, restaurateur Brian Metzger said that their our tacos "will be intentionally designed to ignite a sense of adventure among our guests,” pulling inspiration from "the streets of Havana, the gardens of Costa Rica, the beaches of Hawaii, [and] the coast of Puerto Rico."
Named for Metzger’s stepson Giovanni, the fast-casual restaurant will be located at 350 E. Congress Street in downtown, Tucson, in the new Cadence development. Metzger’s long time friends at FORS Architecture + Interiors will design the space.
“While we’re surely not asking our guests to forget everything they know about tacos, we’ll be introducing them to a new attitude and concept of what tacos can really be,” Metzger said. “Our culinary team will basically be creating a ‘no-rules’ kitchen, and everything we do will be guided by our pledge to provide a ‘totally unexpected’ experience.”
Slated to open in November, Gio Taco will be the company’s third eatery in Tucson, joining the popular Jax Kitchen on North Oracle Road, named for Metzger’s son Jack, and The Abbey on East Sunrise Drive, named for Metzger’s daughter, Abby.