Maiz and Mortar: Calle 75 Street Tacos Opens Downtown 

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Harrison Berry

Mike Weems, owner of Calle 75, has had a permanent downtown location for the popular taqueria on his wishlist for a long time. He'll put a check mark next to that dream Friday, Jan. 26, when the newest Calle 75 will open at 110 N. 11th St.

The new spot, which is across the street from Neurolux, is a perfect fit, Weems said. Calle 75 has slung tacos at every Treefort Music Fest, and catering to music fans is in its DNA.

"We do concerts," he said. "Our specialty has been catering to that crowd, especially with the music venues there. Tacos and what we serve are the ideal street food."

Weems rolled out his taco truck to locations in the Wood River Valley in 2008, but soon moved to the Capital City Public Market, and opened its first shop at the Village in Meridian in 2015.

"That's been very successful for us and paved the way for our dream down here," Weems said about his taqueria in the Village.

The menus at the Calle 75 locations in Meridian and Boise will be similar, boasting a variety of tacos, burritos, tortas and sides, with most items costing $5-$10. But Weems and his team have pulled out all of the stops, adult beverage-wise, at the downtown location, leasing a liquor license and building a craft cocktail menu designed by Shaurie Beardshear, a six-year veteran of Fork, who said she will "incorporate some really authentic Mexican cocktails to go with [their] food concept."

There will also be a late-night menu, online ordering and a pickup window with a backstory: In the early days of Calle 75, Weems served tacos out of a window at his parents' bowling alley/gas station in Bellevue. The bowling alley closed, but when Weems scoped out the 11th Street location, he noticed there was a spot that was "the perfect size" for a pickup window. The taqueria has moved from the Wood River Valley to the City of Trees, he said, but its walk-up window has come "full circle."

"That was an immediate calling card," Weems said.

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