Since opening a humble Hamburg bottle shop in 2017, Nik Fattey and his Fattey Beer Company have become one of the most prolific craft beer businesses in Western New York, and now, Fattey is taking his interests in a completely different direction — tacos.
This week, Fattey and co-owner Chris Discesere flung open the doors to a new taqueria in Orchard Park called Flaco Taco (with ‘flaco’ meaning thin in Spanish being a clever play off the existing Fattey brand, FYI).
Nik Fattey recently told us his team had been looking to expand food options across the company, when a restaurant space in the Village of Orchard Park suddenly became available. Conveniently, the space that now holds Flaco Taco sits just across the street from the Orchard Park Fattey Beer location.
“We loved the restaurant that was there before, Homegrown Bistro, and we went there for lunch all the time,” he told us in a recent phone interview. “When it became available, we were intrigued.”
The interior of Flaco Taco is an extension of what you find at various Fattey Beer locations: large tables designed for socializing and a few simple design accents. The menu is similar to what you might find at other tex-mex taco spots. First you pick your protein (or faux protein): ground beef, chicken, fish, pulled pork steak or jackfruit. Then, you decide whether it goes in a taco ($5 or $8), burrito or bowl ($9 or $12). Finally, you decide on toppings like pico de gallo, pickled onions ($1.50) or jalapenos ($1.50).
There are also loaded nachos, tex mex sides and 20 different kinds of fresh salsa available. While beer offerings are less craft focused and more tex mex focused, there’s also a large cocktail menu that highlights tequila and mezcal.
The icing on the cake is the restaurant’s massive patio. With a slew of umbrella-covered tables, the patio offers a great view of the village and as with Fattey Beer locations, is meant to be dog-friendly.
“That’s the main reason we loved the space. The patio has everything you look for: It’s big, it’s cool, it’s in a busy section of town and its super comfortable. The patio is a huge reason why we’re so excited about the space and Orchard Park.”
Previously only offering a fried chicken sandwich, Fattey bottle shops will now be able to offer a range of options that can be cooked out of the kitchen at Flaco Taco. That’s great news for loyal customers, many of whom got through COVID with the help of Fattey Beer. The company offered takeout and delivery throughout the pandemic.
“We never closed our doors at any of our stores during the pandemic,” Fattey said proudly. “We just kept going because we’ve got great people working for us, along with great customers and great beer.”
Hours at the time of opening (Subject to change): 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday