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Tenoch Mexican's Davis Square Permitting Approved by the Powers That Be

The newest torta haven could open mid-August.

Tenoch Mexican in the North End
Tenoch Mexican in the North End

Tenoch Mexican hasn't had a completely smooth ride toward opening its third brick-and-mortar location, but the restaurant group reports on Facebook that the Somerville Licensing Commission finally approved the necessary permits last night.

The Medford-based restaurant group has been in the process of opening a Davis Square location for about a year. Initially slated to fill the original Kickass Cupcakes location at 378 Highland Ave., owner Alvaro Sandoval said they switched gears when 382 Highland Ave. became an option. The former M3 space better fit his needs, Sandoval told Eater in the spring.

This month, the Mexican place hit a snag when the Somerville Licensing Commission tabled action on its requested permits. Apparently, Tenoch's request for occasional, live, mariachi music confused the board. During a public meeting for neighbors last week, the restaurant group shared it plans to bring live music in for special occasions, offer beer and wine, and also expand the new spot's menu from the offerings at its Medford Square, North End, and Tenoch Movil food truck locations.

A Chowhound user who was apparently in attendance at last night's licensing board hearing said the Davis Square location could open as early as mid-August, because the space doesn't need too much work to become Tenoch. When it does open, it will have long days: It plans to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7 a.m. - 1 a.m., the user reported.