A new Mexican restaurant is set to become the latest business to make the leap from seaside pop-up to permanent presence in the city centre.
Cabron Taqueria is to open in the premises of the former Quinn’s restaurant and bar in Rendezvous Street, Folk stonejust a stone’s throw from the city’s creative quarter.
It’s the work of John Grantham and his wife Alex, who are the team behind the Taco Shed and Bobbies Bakehouse on the Folkestone Harbor Arm.
“Cabron is going to be a Mexican cocktail bar and taqueria,” Mr. Grantham said, taking a break from the work of decorating the new restaurant.
“The Taco Shed will still be open on the weekend, but of course it will be quiet down there – it’s more of a summer vibe.
“We wanted a place where we could expand on what we’ve done there. Obviously, we’re working out of a shed down there, so we’re limited in terms of what we can do.
“People can expect decent Mexican food, as authentic as we can make it here in the UK.
“The tacos are made to order. They are made with ground corn the way the Mexicans do. We don’t want to go super traditional on the toppings – we want to try to make them a little funky and cool, and try to use some local stuff as well.”
“For a small town, it’s actually amazing how many good places there are. It’s all happening…”
Cabron looks set to hire four new employees and is expected to open on Thursday.
Switching from Havnearmen to a more traditional bricks-and-mortar restaurant has become a well-worn path in Folkestone in recent times.
Other success stories that have followed this approach include Basque cuisine Pick Up Pintxos, now located at the foot of Old High Street, and Asian fusion restaurant The Bao Baron, now in its new home on Guildhall Street.
Grantham believes Folkestone’s food scene will continue to flourish despite the tough economic conditions.
He said: “The town is definitely on the rise and it’s good to see everyone thriving – the restaurant scene is wicked here. You know, there are so many great places to eat.
“For a small town, it’s actually amazing how many good places there are. It’s all happening.”