Adios, Su Casa. Bienvenido, El Tucan

El Tucan Mexican Restaurant will take over where Su Casa Mexican Restaurant was located at 4013 W. Broad St. (J. Elias O’Neal)

As one restaurant rolls out of its West Broad Street home, another is rolling in.

El Tucan Mexican Restaurant is set to take over the recently shuttered Su Casa Mexican Restaurant at 4013 W. Broad St.

Carlos Alvarez, El Tucan’s owner and manager, said he’s looking to open the restaurant by next month.

“We like the location and think it’s going to be good for business,” Alvarez said.

Su Casa, a long-time spot for nearby office workers and law enforcement, closed abruptly in July after 22 years of business at the location.

Alvarez said El Tucan will serve a variety of burrito, taco, enchilada and fajita platters. The restaurant also will serve beer, wine and mixed drinks, according to a pending ABC license.

Alvarez said he’s investing about $40,000 to update the 1,400-square-foot space and he’ll employ three to four people.

“We needed to give it a fresh look,” Alvarez said of the space.

Reilly Marchant, a broker with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, represented the landlord in El Tucan’s lease.

El Tucan will be Alvarez’s third venture in metro Richmond.

Prior to launching El Tucan, Alvarez owned and operated El Gran Tucanazo, a nightclub and restaurant known for its Tejano music and late-night dances, at 6922 Staples Mill Road in Henrico County.

After owning the venture for about eight years, Alvarez said he sold El Gran Tucanazo last month to an undisclosed buyer for an untold price.

Prior to opening El Gran Tucanazo, he was part of a venture that in 2012 launched the Pasta House, an Italian restaurant known for its variety of large pasta dishes, at 8196 Atlee Road in Mechanicsville.

El Tucan will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for dine-in and carry-out patrons seven days a week.

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Rory Francisco
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I knew this space wouldn’t go vacant for long as it is “right in the middle of everything.” My wife and I live a couple of blocks away and were big fans of Su Casa a few years ago, but the quality of the food and the cleanliness of the restaurant went downhill toward the end. I am looking forward to trying the new El Tucan and hope it will succeed!

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