A double-whammy of restaurant news on Manayunk’s Main Street — first up, Union Taco is set for an upgrade.
The older of chef-owner Nick Farina’s duo of taquerias (the other is further out of Philly, in Flourtown) has been a BYOB operation at 4229 Main Street for around two and a half years. It’s now moving about 100 yards down the street into the former Anastasi Seafood space.
It’s also getting a liquor license — that means tequila, mezcal, Mexican beers (as well as a few local craft brews), and South American wines will all be available. On top of that, a solid happy hour deal, with $3 margaritas and Mexican beers from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday to Friday.
The new location is also a major space upgrade: Union’s capacity will triple, going up to around 50 seats inside and another 50 outside, mostly on an upper-level deck with a handful in front of the restaurant on Main Street.
It’s set to open Tuesday, March 14 at 4161 Main Street, and a free taco will be thrown in with every purchase.
The second part of this double-down sandwich of Manayunk food news is that Farina is holding on to Union Taco’s current location on Main Street for something completely different: burgers.
Napoleon Burger is set to be your straight-up American-style burger and fries joint, and reasonably priced, too. Quarter pound burgers will be $4, and 50 cents for extra toppings like cheese, bacon, and caramelized onions.
Adorably, Farina’s partner in the business will be his own 11-year-old son, Alex. This is one charitable kid: Alex is donating his entire salary from the project to a sports-oriented anti-bullying program founded by Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus, who is originally from the Philly area. There will also be a donation box for the Anti Bully Squad at Napoleon Burger. Just to put it out there: if this kid if foregoing his entire earnings for a cause, he definitely deserves some kind of raise on his allowance.
Napoleon Burger should be opening a week or two after Union Taco makes its move, but there’s no official date set yet.