BELOIT - Downtown Beloit will see two new restaurants move in later this summer with the openings of truk't street tacos, tequila and whiskey and the Blue Collar Coffee Company.
The two Geronimo Hospitality Group businesses will open before fall, according to general manager Klaus Nitsch.
Nitsch said Blue Collar Coffee Co. is expected to open "about a week" before truk't at 443 E. Grand Ave., a location that's seen its fair share of businesses come and go in the past. Nitsch said the next two tenants will be here to stay.
"I think it's a great location being right on the corner there," Nitsch said. "We are right across the street from Lucy's #7 Burger Joint and we will be near the Hotel Goodwin and Velvet Buffalo Cafe. It's going to be a lot of fun to have our neighbors be a part of us essentially."
Truk't, a name based on the eclectic and delicious food found around the world in food trucks and by street vendors, will feature a menu of street tacos from around the world, coupled with a craft cocktail bar serving 110 types of whiskey and tequila. A sampling of the menu includes tacos al pastor, brisket tacos, shrimp curry tacos, Korean BBQ tacos, a pork belly and poached egg breakfast taco and vegetarian options like the Brussels sprout taco with potatoes and Muenster cheese. The menu also will include Baja fish tacos with fried fish and a slaw mix. Diners will be able to have fresh guacamole made table-side to add flare to the trendy taco joint.
"Our menu represents a lot of different flavors and a lot of different regions," Nitsch said. "It's certainly worldly, for sure."
Between the two businesses, Nitsch said around 50 new jobs would be created downtown. He also said construction remained on schedule.
"The construction team is working really hard," Nitsch said. "I think residents and visitors will be able to enjoy something truly different. I truly believe this is going to be different than anything around. The menu is focused on flavor and quality and you won't be able to find similar items in the Stateline Area."
Blue Collar Coffee Co. will occupy space further down Pleasant Street in the same building, but divided to allow for lounge seating for around 20 cafe goers.
The coffee house will feature beans from Nelsonville, Wisconsin-based Ruby Coffee Roasters and tea selections from Spirit Tea.
The cafe will include a craft pastry menu and include drip coffees, espressos, lattes, mochas, hot chocolates and an assortment of iced coffees and teas. The cafe also will offer a fresh fruit smoothie menu.
"I had known for years prior to my arrival that Geronimo Hospitality has wanted to do a coffeehouse," Nitsch said. "There just hadn't been a location that was appropriate, so when they found this building for truk't, they had the space and the area was a perfect fit for their vision for this."