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Bull Taco to Take Over Old Beach Hut Space

North Beach will soon have a new restaurant selling "inauthentic Mexican" food.

The empty space that once housed the Beach Hut bar on Camino Real in North Beach will soon be taken over by Bull Taco, boasting "inauthentic" Mexican cuisine.

Bull Taco, which has established locations in Oceanside and Cardiff by the Sea, "souces exotic meats and seafoods from around the world," according to its website.

Craig Leslie, one of the restaurant's owners, said the North Beach location will hopefully open in late September or early October, depending on all the permits and completion of renovations.

"The sooner the better," Leslie said. "We're excited to be there."

He said contractors were gutting the entire restaurant -- except for the kitchen -- and creating an outdoor patio for diners.

In addition to the classics like chorizo, carne asada, chicken and pork, Bull Taco also offers shrimp curry, duck and oyster tacos, according to its online menu.

The timeline for opening in North Beach is unclear, but there was an initial hearing July 18 to consider granting the new restaurant a license to sell alcohol. Leslie said the permit was approved at the hearing, and owners were waiting for the official license from the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Richard Herdell, owner of the adjacent , bought the building and spruced it up in 2011, aiming to lease it to a restaurant.

that he bought the building that housed the defunct Beach Hut bar because he wanted a thriving business next to his well-established art supply shop.

“I did not want to own this building, but I did not want a run-down bar next to me,” he said. “That’s a good piece of property, and it should have a good business on it. Heck, it’s got 19 parking spots. Where can you find a property in North Beach that's got 19 parking spots?”

Don Slater August 07, 2012 at 04:24 PM
We are looking forward to this and will be there for the opening. North beach is a real, living, breathing community with a diverse population of all ages and economic progress. We know each other, smile and talk, walk together on the Beach Trail and welcome new businesses with enthusiasm. HI BULL TACO ! - GIVE ME TWO FISH TACOS FOR THE OUTDOOR PATIO!!!!!!!! MY WIFE, MY GOLDEN, AND MYSELF WILL RELAX AND ENJOY THE NEIGHBORHOOD. Don Slater - Friends of San Clemente Dog Beach (on facebook).
Lindsey Hanson August 07, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Thank You San Clemente Art Supply for loving San Clemente and creating art and culture in our community. Can't wait to try Bull Taco. Besides my husband at PCH Sheet Metal has done some work on the interior I must see.
Adam Townsend August 07, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I live just a couple blocks away. I'm excited to try the duck tacos, myself. Anyone been to one of their other locations?
fact checker August 23, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Yes Adam and the food is great!
Gale Tracer October 03, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Has the San Clemente location opened? as of Oct 2, 2012?
Heather King November 09, 2012 at 09:50 PM
What's the hold up on opening? Can't wait to try some Oeste style grub. All the transplants are back

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