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Fast-Casual Fish Taco Is Coming to Tysons Corner Next Summer

Eater logo Eater 11/19/2018 Gabe Hiatt
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The Maryland-based chain will open its fourth location next year

Fish Taco, a fast-casual Mexican restaurant with three locations in Maryland, plans to open its first Virginia store at the Boro development in Tysons Corner by June next year.

A rep for Fish Taco tells Eater the new location in the mixed-use development will have space for 60 customers to consume taco platters, salads, rice bowls, burritos, and quesadillas — all utilizing local and seasonal ingredients.

Beer-battered cod is typically used for its signature dish, but Fish Taco utilizes fish such as mahi mahi, tuna, cobia, salmon, and swordfish, depending on market trends. With permanent plates and silverware, the stores try to create a full-service feel within the fast-casual restaurant.

a group of people standing in front of a window © Courtesy of Fish Taco
A rendering of the upcoming Fish Taco in Tysons Corner.

Francis Namin, the owner of the Don Pollo restaurants and now-shuttered Food, Wine & Co. in Bethesda, opened the first Fish Taco in Cabin John, Maryland, in 2013. He’s since opened two more locations in Bethesda. The latest store, which relocated from Wisconsin Avenue to Woodmont Avenue on Bethesda Row this summer, recently rolled out curbside pickup to help customers avoid parking headaches.

Namin has no connection to California or the Mexican Pacific Coast. But he saw a need for the business one day when one of his sons asked him if they could have fish tacos for dinner, and he was stumped about where to take them to eat.

Other dining options listed under the Boro’s “coming soon” section include national chains Flower Child and North Italia as well as Bluestone Lane coffee, Tasty Kabob, and Tropical Smoothie Cafe. Flower Child opened its first D.C. area location this month in Rockville.

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