Lloyd Taco is finally set to come home.
During a Monday press conference about the political controversy Lloyd Taco has become a part of for the past week, co-owner Pete Cimino said the company will be opening its third brick-and-mortar restaurant in the Elmwood Village.
He did not offer an exact location or opening date, but said the restaurant would be on Elmwood Avenue and hinted at a spring 2020 opening. He said an official announcement would likely be made in a few days.
"It's exciting to be there because people have been asking for such a long time," Cimino said after Monday's press conference.
"I don't have a date yet. But let's hope it's going to be when the weather gets nice, if that's any hint at the season," he said. "We are probably less than a day or two away from getting ink on paper with the final details.
"It will be on Elmwood," he said, before adding with a smile, "I'm sure people can guess as to maybe one of the two spots."
One possibility, which Cimino did not comment on, is 716 Elmwood Ave., where Cecelia's Ristorante & Martini Bar closed in September.
The company's first Lloyd Taco Factory store opened at 1503 Hertel Ave. in December 2015; that is now also home to its corporate headquarters, where Monday's news conference was held. Its second store was opened in 2017 at 5933 Main St. in Williamsville. The company began in July 2010 with one food truck; it now has four trucks, the two restaurants as well as a catering operation.
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Cimino said he tried to have the first Lloyd restaurant in the Elmwood Village, and always planned on opening a location there.
"This is so exciting to us," he said. "I lived in the Village forever and ... we just feel that, you know, this is a brand that really belongs inside of neighborhoods. People have been so good to us, and where we aimed first before getting our restaurant startup was Elmwood – but we took the deal here as sort of in lieu of it, because we had to move fast. But we always knew we were going to go back to Elmwood.
"I wish I could say it was the first one, but I'm just happy that we're doing it."
Lloyd Taco did close in on an Elmwood location at 502 Elmwood Ave. during 2016, including a back-and-forth with the Elmwood Village Association and the Planning Board involving the size of a sign, but plans fell through.