|District Taco will be at the right corner of the building next to Buffalo Wild Wings.|
District Taco is coming to the Skyline Center in Bailey’s Crossroads. A new branch of the local Mexican chain is expected to open in May in the Skyline 7 building at 5275 Leesburg Pike, which had been renovated to accommodate three ground-floor restaurants. A Buffalo Wild Wings and Panera opened in that building last June.
The 3,000 square-foot restaurant will accommodate about 60 to 70 diners and will have outdoor seating, as well, says Osirus Hoil, who District Taco with partner Mark Wallace in 2009.
The menu will be the exactly the same as that of other District Tacos, featuring tacos and burritos with a Yucatan accent. That means more grilling and a heavier use of limes and peppers, says Hoil, who based the menu on his mother’s Yucatan recipes. The restaurants serve beer, but only allow three beers per customer, says Hoil, as his vision for District Taco is a place for a quick, tasty, meal, not for lingering over drinks.
Hoil describes the District Taco company as “full of energy and a lot of great ideas.”
The newest District Taco is in Rosslyn, joining other locations in Virginia (Dunn Loring, Lee Highway in Arlington, and S. Washington Street in Old Town Alexandria) and D.C. (Dupont Circle, Eastern Market, and Metro Center). Another will open this spring in College Park, Md., and additional restaurants are under consideration for Crystal City and Rockville.
Hoil said he looked at the possibility of locating restaurants in Annandale and Springfield but couldn’t find suitable locations.
When Hoil immigrated to the United States from Mexico in 2000, he first settled in Denver. He met his wife there when he was a cook in a restaurant and she was a waitress. She encouraged him to go to school and learn English, and they eventually moved to Northern Virginia where she had grown up.
When he’s not busy running District Taco, Hoil is a committed cyclist, and his company fields a competitive cycling team.
He says starting the company was stressful, which led to overeating. He got into cycling as a way to lose weight, get healthier, overcome the stress, and “be a good role model for my company.” District Taco offers a lot of vegetarian and healthy choices, he says, and the cycling team emphasizes the benefits of combining fitness with good, fresh, healthy food.