Eat and Drink

Yellow Door opens second location on Wednesday

Yellow Door Taqueria, the award-winning Cali-Mex inspired restaurant in Dorchester’s Lower Mills neighborhood will open its second location at 384 Harrison Avenue in the South End, on Wednesday, February 12th 2020.  Both restaurants are co-owned by restauranteurs Brian O’Donnell & Dropkick Murphy’s frontman, Ken Casey, as well as industry veteran, Jarek Mountain, co-owner of Lion’s Tail (sister restaurant and previous tenant of the space) who will continue to serve in his role as General Manager and Beverage Director role of the new location.  Mountain is credited with creating the inaugural cocktail menu at Yellow Door Taqueria and will work closely alongside Andrew Toto, General Manager of the Lower Mills location, and Executive Chef, Carolina Curtin who will oversee culinary duties at both, to create a seamless and authentic Cali-Mex taqueria experience diners have come to love.

Culinary Program

Since assuming her role as Executive Chef earlier this year, Curtin has evolved and expanded the menu with the additions pupusa and elote as well as empanadas from Buenas in Somerville.  Guests can expect similar menus at both locations, made entirely from scratch each day, featuring a selection of more than a dozen seasonal Cali-Mex inspired tacos priced between $4-$6 served on house-made masa tortillas, salads, crudo and more.  The variety of ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, include unique and culturally specific proteins, fish and vegetables, a number of which are gluten-free options. Other menu favorites like “Buy The Kitchen a Six-Pack,” ($24,) and “House-Made Tortillas To Go” will also be made available at the South End location.

Beverage Program

The Yellow Door Taqueria beverage program shines with a heavy focus on tequilas and mezcals, featuring nearly a dozen craft cocktails ($12,) pair of mocktails ($8,) a house-made sangria and of course, margaritas with an option to incorporate a variety of fresh fruit flavors including; winterberry, prickly pear, coconut, guava, mango, pineapple, cucumber and peach ($11.)   There will also be a pair of South End exclusive cocktails in the form of Road to Jalisco (blanco tequila infused with strawberry and vanilla beans, mezcal washed with olive oil, amontillado sherry, banana, black pepper and cinnamon tincture, $12) and Mucho Guapo (reposado tequila, green chartresue, pistachio, lime cordial, lemon juice, egg white, apple bitters & sea salt tincture, $12)  The beer program will feature both New England brews and Mexican imports, available by the draft and bottle while wines will have more global influence and available only by the glass (red, white, rose and sparkling.)

Design

Celebrity interior designer, Taniya Nayak, who designed the flagship Yellow Door Taqueria, will bring the same authentic Mexican neighborhood eatery aesthetic and experience to the south end space.  Nayak will continue to tell the Yellow Door story through its signature antique cool ambience, color palette of coastal teal, dusty rose and yellow and abundance of texture.  Upon stepping foot through the yellow door, an ornate weathered wooden accent wall laid against a glass divider will give guests a glimpse of the dining experience that’s to come.  Vintage tin ceiling tiles meet urban brick and skim coated texture walls, accented by vintage decorative frames, lush plants and locally created murals across an open floor plan.  A sleek curved bar runs the length of the right hand-side of the space, outfitted with authentic luchador masks, antique pottery, and vintage letter board against an ambient lit backbar. Heavily tufted, distressed stools will line the bar with additional bar height tables and seating throughout the dining room.  Banquettes boasting a vegan leather finish will line the perimeter of the dining room while a stately golden yellow crushed velvet banquette creates a pop of color that draws attention to the back of the restaurant where this coveted table will be the perfect spot for group dining and socializing.   Additional accents include black beaded chandeliers. overhead, signature, retro neon signs and street-facing accordion floor to ceiling glass windows that will open to the outdoor patio in the warmer weather months.

Yellow Door Taqueria South End will open on Wednesday, February 12th with nightly dinner service beginning at 4pm as well as delivery options. Reservations via OpenTable will launch within the first week of service. Weekend brunch service will be introduced at a later date.

Hours of Operation

MONDAY – WEDNESDAY 4PM -1AM

THURSDAY + FRIDAY 4PM – 2AM

SATURDAY 11AM – 2AM

SUNDAY  11AM -1AM

KITCHEN CLOSES AT 11 pm SUNDAY – Thursday; Midnight on Friday & Saturday

Located at 354 Harrison Ave, Yellow Door Taqueria South End will be the second Boston location  of the Mexican neighborhood inspired eatery celebrating the freshest, Cali-Mex style tacos, crudo, salads and more from Executive Chef, Carolina Curtin.  A beverage program rooted in tequilas and mezcals perfectly pairs creative cocktails and refreshing cervezas with each culinary creation in an antique-cool, celebratory setting.  For more information, please visit www.YellowDoorTaqueria.com  or toast us socially Facebook.com/YellowDoorTaqueria@yellowdoortaco.

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and Caught in Dot and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.