Restaurant company plans taqueria


A rendering of Taco Vista in Walker. Photo via

A Grand Rapids-based restaurant company is closing a six-year-old casual dining restaurant in the area and converting it into a taqueria.

Meritage Hospitality Group said today it will close the Crooked Goose in Walker, at 355 Wilson Ave. NW, and replace it with Taco Vista, a “Cali-Mex taqueria” that will open in spring 2018.

“We took a look at the growing trade area and decided we wanted to do something completely different from everyone else,” said Brad Teachout, director of casual dining operations for Meritage.

Plans call for doubling the size of the existing restaurant by expanding into the former Verizon Wireless retail space next door.

The layout will feature two industrial garage doors, an open kitchen and a 1960s Volkswagen van that serves as “a whimsical focal point” of the décor.

Community games such as shuffleboard and foosball will give guests the opportunity to interact with one another, Meritage said.

The restaurant will feature an a-la-carte taco menu with a Baja California twist, using “responsibly sourced ingredients” and incorporating house-made guacamole, signature salsas and churros.

The bar will serve tequila cocktails and canned beer on ice.

Justin Large, former executive chef at Vander Mill Grand Rapids, has been hired as executive chef.

“I want my food to be delicious and beautiful, but even more than that, I want it to tell a story,” Large said. “I want my food to take people places.”

Taco Vista will be open for lunch, dinner and drinks and will include takeout options.

A menu has not been released but will be announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page in the coming weeks. 

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