Doug Riddle and Daniel Stern are the best kind of restless. A few months after completely revamping what was once CB Social into Social on Patton, with a new direction and menu, they are back with a new concept: Team Taco.
“The tacos that we’re going to be pursuing are organic to Daniel and myself’s experience making food together at our restaurant Social,” Riddle says. “We’re not aiming at any sort of ‘authenticity’ other than authenticity to ourself.”
The first glimpse into what they’ve been cooking up, other than for those who’ve attended Social’s R&D nights, will be revealed at Tie & Timber Beer Co. on Saturday, June 30 along with live music from Arkansauce.
Riddle isn’t exactly sure what the makeup of the tacos will be—part of this is sleight of hand, the other his and Stern’s willingness to improvise.
“We may get an idea at the last moment that we really want to roll with that’s a strong contender, so we’re just gonna make good stuff and focus on getting some good tacos nailed down,” Riddle says.
Consider the pop-up a movie trailer of sorts for what will eventually be a brick-and-mortar at what once was Elle’s Patisserie. Work will need to be done on the property—as Riddle notes, there’s another taco restaurant that’s cornered the mark on a purple building.
The goal overall, Riddle says, is both to create something highly curated and fun. Based on concept art by Fried Design Company, that vision is well on its way to coming to fruition—one taco-riding skeleton at a time.
Riddle isn’t exactly sure when it’ll open, and didn’t want to name a date and be held to it. Regardless, it’s an exciting development from a team brimming with energy and a passion to bring interesting concepts to 417-land.
“We’re not trying to create one menu that lasts for 10 years,” Riddle says. “We’re trying to sort of satisfy our creative drive, as well as putting out good creative food in front of people and seeing the reaction to it.”
Editor's note: This story originally said the pop-up event was on Friday, June 29. The event, in fact, is on Saturday, June 30. We regret the error.