Taqueria El Rey, the popular Mexican restaurant in southwestern Detroit that was devastated by a fire last month, will reappear next month when operators move into the Batch Brewing Company in Corktown.
Starting March 1, chefs at Taqueria El Rey will prepare the restaurant’s beloved tacos, grilled chicken and ribs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. or while supplies last every Monday and Tuesday. The collaboration will allow operators to continue to generate revenue while determining the next steps for reopening the facility.
According to a press release, Batch Brewing owner Stephen Roginson has stepped in to offer his cooking to the team at Taqueria El Rey, just the latest example of how the brewery has reached out to restaurants affected by the crises. . When Michael Symon’s Roast abruptly closed in January, Roginson canceled his planned anniversary event to host a one-night fundraiser featuring the restaurant’s famous burgers.
“We’re all in this together,” Roginson said in a statement. “We must mobilize for our community. Eliseo Fuentes and his family have been anchors in the South West community for so long that they now deserve our support. At Batch Brewing Company, we strive to be more than just a brewery. We want to be a community resource. The past two years have been incredibly difficult for the restaurant industry and if we’ve learned anything, it’s to stick together.
The Taqueria El Rey fire took place on the morning of January 29 in the restaurant’s grill shack. No one was injured but Daniel Fuentes, a manager and the son of owner Eliseo Fuentes, said at the time it was going to be difficult to rebuild after the fire destroyed much of the interior.
In the days following the fire, Fuentes’ cousin launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money so the family could make necessary repairs. The fundraiser then raised over $33,000.