Photo courtesy of Taco Heads

Fort Worth’s up and coming Taco Heads is opening its second location on Henderson Avenue where Lekka once stood.

Fort Worth native Sarah Castillo runs Taco Heads and thinks Henderson will be the perfect spot for expansion. Beginning as a taco truck in Fort Worth, the restaurant won customers with a mix of classics and original takes on every Texan’s favorite food. It serves taco lovers at all hours in the West Seventh area of Cowtown. In 2016, the restaurant opened its first brick and mortar restaurant in Fort Worth’s Cultural District.

Castillo remembers bar hopping on Henderson one of the first times she went out in Dallas as an adult. The youthful energy, walkability and nightlife she found there made an impression and led her to this location for Taco Heads’ second restaurant. The space will be full service and have a dog friendly patio. Eventually, the rear area will serve as a private dining room and will have its own patio. Castillo says they hope to open in June after doing some cosmetic construction, but there will be a Taco Heads truck at the location starting May 17.

A rendering of the Taco Heads Henderson location (Image courtesy of Taco Heads and Studio 97w).

Chef Christian Lehrmann, who was most recently the executive chef at the Design District gastropub Wheelhouse, will run the kitchen at Taco Heads. The menu includes appetizer staples such as helotes and guacamole and traditional breakfast tacos with bacon, chorizo, potatoes and veggies. Castillo’s favorite is the Garlic Cilantro Gulf Shrimp, which includes purple pickled slaw, onion, cilantro, lime zest and queso blanco. The selection includes a few vegan options, including the Bourbon Black Bean Veggie taco which includes pumpkin, bell peppers, spinach and pico de gallo. They also serve carnitas and shredded chicken and brisket tacos. Prices range from $3.25-$4.25.

Castillo is passionate about using fresh ingredients and tacos made from scratch. “That’s the only thing I knew, so that is what I did,” she says.

Taco Heads, at 1921 N. Henderson Ave., will be just down the street from a new retail and office development that is headed to the area to replace the vacant lot near Henderson’s intersections with Glencoe and McMillan. The hours will be  11 a.m.-11 p.m. each day.  It will be just blocks from popular taco shops Velvet Taco at Henderson and Central and El Come on Fitzhugh.