Owner Fabian Garcia says he is "still doing some tests" on taco ideas such as marinated steak with molcajete salsa and masa-crusted tilapa. But after a couple of months of renovation to the St. Matthews site formerly housing the Carolina Shrimp Company and Lula's Yogurt, The Ville Taqueria is just about ready to open. Garcia, who told Eater his restaurant experience started "when I was 12 years old" at his parents' El Caporal restaurants, says The Ville "will be different" than many area Mexican places, especially in St. Matthews. "We're going to be making everything in house, scratch-made tortillas," he said. Garcia said many recipes are "from back home, that my grandparents used," but insisted he was "putting a little twist on them" by adding things such as bourbon.
The restaurant's Facebook page shows a mural-dominated interior and promises breakfast, lunch and dinner." It calls The Ville's food "Healthy Mouthwatering Delicious Fresh-Mex," with "secret recipe flavors from Jalisco, Mexico to Chicago, Illinois" that will "set us apart from anything you have ever had." There are also pictures of supposedly-hottest-in-the-world scorpion peppers, with text explaining The Ville "will have scorpion pepper salsa for the adventurous." Garcia also wants, "depending on how people react," to "play house music at least a couple of nights during the week," and be open on weekends until 5 a.m. "I think we'll be the place to come for tacos and tortas and burritos," he said.
· The Ville Taqueria [Facebook]