Heard on the Street: Taco Jed ready to roll on South Broadway

October 2, 2018

A new name in the taco game hopes to ease into the Med City scene this week with a “soft” opening.

Steve Dunn and Bruce Ringgenberg have been working on Taco Jed on the north end of the Soldiers Field Plaza shopping center all summer.

That’s the commercial complex that houses Brothers Bar & Grill and the Rice N Spice grocery.

Now they have the street taco-focused eatery almost ready to go and a new team of about 20 gearing up to open the doors.

“We’re hoping to do a soft opening the first part of the week,” said Dunn on Friday.

Their vision for Taco Jed is a fast, casual restaurant serving a menu of 12 to 14 tacos and other Mexican fare.

While they are waiting until the opening to unveil what unique flavors they have on the menu, the street-style tacos are described by Ringgenberg as having crisp flavors that allow the taste of each distinct ingredient to come through.

In addition to the tacos, they have a full bar called Jed’s Shed tucked away in the back of the 2,800-square-foot space.

This isn’t the first taco rodeo for either Dunn or Ringgenberg. Dunn co-created Rusty Taco, which later became R-Taco. Ringgenberg worked with the Rusty Taco expansion in the Twin Cities. Plus the duo has experience with working at the street level in a taco truck.

“We’ll have something for everybody, from a surgeon to a drywall hanger,” said Dunn.

Biz buzz

The Med City’s relationship with art and artistic businesses has often been complicated.

However, South Broadway is rapidly becoming a hotbed of artistic activity with the beautiful and classic Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists (SEMVA) gallery’s re-location to 320 S Broadway plus the growing vitality and energy at Canvas & Chardonnay at 317 S. Broadway.

And now the chatter among the artistic set is that a new gallery, possibly with a European flavor, is setting up to open next door to Canvas & Chardonnay. I should have details on this soon.

Keep an eye on that area as the tide of art continues to rise.

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