Zandra's Taqueria awarded for innovation in hospitality & Tourism
Miguel Pires, the owner of Zandra’s Taqueria in Haymarket, said he was confused at first why so many customers were flocking to his restaurant in mid-November.
“Then the management team basically told me I was getting all these vouchers coming in,” Pires said.
In early November, the town printed and mailed four $25 vouchers to each of its 460 residences as part of its financial assistance program called “Helping Haymarket” – or just over 1,800 vouchers altogether. The program, which ended Dec. 5, allowed residents to use the vouchers like cash at any of 20 participating town businesses.
The popular Old Town restaurant is planning to add a roof deck, complete with a full-service bar, to the top of its building. Rather than reopening its indoor dining room at limited capacity, as is now allowed under the state’s reopening guidelines, owner Miguel Pires has decided to maintain kitchen operations for take-out and delivery while gutting the inside of the 116-year-old building to allow for the addition on top. There will also be a covered staircase added to the exterior of the building.
Last month, the city’s Architecture Review Board recommended that the alterations be approved, and Pires is hoping to have the dining room reopened and the roof deck completed by the fall, though he said those plans may be delayed in the event of a COVID-19 resurgence.