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Yellow Door Taqueria’s second location in Boston’s South End
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Look Inside Yellow Door Taqueria’s South End Expansion

The new location showcases antique design, Cali-Mex dishes, tequila, and more

A small but mighty Dorchester restaurant full of Cali-Mex dishes expands to Boston’s South End neighborhood this week, bringing with it powerhouse cocktails, seasonal tacos, and antique decor. Yellow Door Taqueria debuts Wednesday, February 12, at 4 p.m. in the former Lion’s Tail location at 354 Harrison Ave.

A wooden bar curves across the left side of a wide restaurant view, with high-top tables and chairs spread out across patterned tile flooring
Yellow Door Taqueria South End

The team behind the South End restaurant includes co-owners of the original Yellow Door in Lower Mills (2297 Dorchester Ave., Boston) Brian O’Donnell and Ken Casey, along with Lion’s Tail co-owner Jarek Mountain, who will serve as general manager and beverage director at the new Yellow Door Taqueria.

In reshaping the Lion’s Tail space in the South End, designer Taniya Nayak expanded upon her work at Yellow Door in Dorchester with rustic, antique-washed accents and color pops of teal, rose, and yellow. The South End restaurant features tin ceiling tiles, exposed brick walls, patterned tile flooring, and banquette seating with vegan leather and crushed velvet fabrics.

Close-up of a restaurant bar with bottles of liquor on a wooden shelf above overturned clean flute glasses
Wooden bar stools line up alongside a window counter adjacent to an exposed brick pillar. There are patterned tile floors beneath the stools and place settings atop the counter.

One wall features a mural portrait of Frida Kahlo, while accents throughout the restaurant include tufted barstools, ambient lighting behind the curved wooden bar, beaded chandeliers, retro neon signs, and decorative frames. The restaurant is also equipped with accordion windows that will open to patio dining during seasonal months.

Wide angle of a restaurant with a tufted, velvet banquette in the foreground, wooden tables and chairs in the rear, and a wall mural featuring Frida Kahlo with a bulldog behind the banquette

The South End restaurant, like its Dorchester sibling, will feature the culinary work of executive chef Carolina Curtin, who has made several additions to the menu in Dorchester since her arrival.

Yellow Door’s new location will offer a selection of more than 12 seasonal tacos, including meat, seafood, and vegetable options, as well as some gluten-free selections. The restaurant’s masa tortillas are made in-house, and its empanadas are sourced from Buenas in Somerville. Additional menu items include pupusas, elote, crudo, and salads. Yellow Door also carries over its “Buy the Kitchen a Six-Pack” option from Dorchester and will sell house-made tortillas to go.

Wide-angle view of a restaurant shows patterned tile flooring, wooden tables and chairs with metal supports, dark beams in the ceiling, exposed brick walls, and neon accent signs

On the bar side, Yellow Door will highlight selections of tequila and mezcal, with additional beverage offerings including cocktails, mocktails, sangria, beer, wine, and margaritas, which will have optional fruit flavors like winterberry, prickly pear, guava, and more.

Two drinks exclusive to the South End restaurant include the Road to Jalisco (made with blanco tequila infused with strawberry and vanilla beans, mezcal washed with olive oil, amontillado sherry, banana, black pepper, and cinnamon tincture) and Mucho Guapo (reposado tequila with green chartreuse, pistachio, lime cordial, lemon juice, egg white, apple bitters, and sea salt tincture).

A counter-level view of a restaurant bar with backlit shelves of liquor bottles, bowls of citrus, and place settings

Yellow Door Taqueria will operate for dinner service starting at 4 p.m., beginning Wednesday, February 12, with weekend brunch service to come at a later date. It will operate until 1 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. The kitchen will close at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The restaurants will introduce reservations through Open Table within the first week of operations.

Mid-range view of wooden restaurant tables in the foreground with banquette and window counter seating places in the rear. The angle shows textured ceiling tiles, wood beams, and a portion of a black-beaded chandelier.

Yellow Door Taqueria Coverage on Eater [EBOS]

Yellow Door Taqueria

354 Harrison Avenue, , MA 02118 (857) 239-9276 Visit Website
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