Chef Tom Catherall’s Taco Cowboy Is Being Retooled As Bar.Bacoa

'Same place, same staff, same tacos' but 'with a Spanish-themed menu.'

Chef Tom Catherall’s two-year-old Taco Cowboy eatery in Virginia-Highland is being retooled as the famed Atlanta chef retires.

The space, at 1000 Virginia Ave NE, will soon become Bar.Bacoa.

“As Chef Tom Catherall prepares to take a Seaside Sabbatical to write his cookbook, we invite you to come and see us from now until Monday, December 31 to celebrate with us as we say goodbye to Taco Cowboy,” the restaurant announced on its Facebook page last week.

Taco Cowboy General Manager Scott Switzer and Bar Manager James Rangel will be the owners and operators of Bar.Bacoa.

“We were in a good place to step in and take the reigns from Tom as he retires,” Switzer in a telephone interview Thursday told What Now Atlanta.

“A lot of the tacos are remaining but we’re opening a completely different concept.”

Bar.Bacoa, a “Spanish-themed” tapas-style eatery, is set to grand open January 7 at 4 p.m.

The space is currently undergoing a renovation to boast a “contemporary and industrial-Spanish” feel ahead of Monday’s debut.

Its bar will be open Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday from noon until 2 a.m., and Sunday noon to midnight.

The kitchen will operate Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon until midnight, and Sunday noon to 10 p.m.

Guests can expect a “fun, high-energy place with great food, a great cocktail list, and a great late night atmosphere of shared plates and communal dining.”

Bar.Bacoa will be the fourth restaurant concept for the Virginia-Highland space in recent years.

The space, formerly Here to Serve Restaurants’ (H2S) Noche, in 2016 reopened as Catherall’s Tom Tom.

Catherall was forced to change the name to Taco Cowboy after “long and very expensive court battles” with his former wife and business partner Leigh Catherall, president and COO of the defunct H2S.

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Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Atlanta (WNA). He was featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA has been named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing, and Atlanta and Jezebel Magazines.

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