Seis Kitchen and Catering is expected to open the first week of March in the Taqueria El Pueblito spot at Mercado, 100 S. Avenida del Convento at West Congress Street.
"My wife and I grew up in Tucson so it's been exciting watching all the growth downtown," said Jake Muñoz, a 25-year veteran of Macayo's Mexican Restaurants in Tucson who co-owns Seis with his wife Erika. "It's really exciting to move down there and be a part of the new downtown."
Seis will serve a menu that borrows heavily from its catering business including unique street tacos and dishes that draw from Mexico City, Yucatan and four other regions of Mexico. Diners will order at the counter and get table service when their food is ready, Muñoz said.
The restaurant, which now has 15 tables, could grow to 30 or 40 tables with expanded patio seating.
Muñoz said he and his wife had always planned to open a fast-casual restaurant. The food truck has been their two-year test run, giving them a chance to experiment with menus and develop a following before diving headlong into a brick-and-mortar operation.
"We're ready for that next step. We're really excited," Muñoz said, noting that his catering and food truck business has blossomed in the past year. "We got to work out all the bugs and kinks with menus and catering. Now we are really confident because we have a menu that works and a following with people who enjoyed our food."
Muñoz will continue to use the food truck for private parties and catering gigs.
Read more restaurant news in Thursday's Caliente.