Business has been good for Taco Del Sol since its opening in the Heights – so good, in fact, that owner Bruce Grendahl plans to open a second location in Billings, at Shiloh Commons, a planned community development at the corner of Shiloh and Central Avenue.
Grendahl hopes to be open for business by May 15, shortly after the first phase of Shiloh Commons is completed.
Grendahl and his wife, Patti Bangert, opened Taco Del Sol at 595 Main Street, two and a half years ago.
Adding a second location in the direction Billings is growing just seems to make sense, to the veteran restaurateur. Grendahl formerly owned Grand Bagel, which he sold in 2015.
Taco de Sol is a Missoula, Montana –based franchise, which was started in 1997 by Dave Beaton and Mick Reynolds. Today the company has other locations in Great Falls, Hamilton, Helena, Butte, Kalispell, two in Bozeman, with four stores in Missoula. Each store is locally owned and operated.
Grendahl said that he purchased a Taco del Sol franchise because he liked the food and their business model. Each Taco del Sol is locally owned and designed to integrate into the surrounding neighborhood.
“We fit a niche and do a nice job with what we do,” said Grendahl, about their Heights location, where they employ about six people. He anticipates employing about the same number – full and part time – at the new location.
Billings’ second Taco del Sol will front onto Central Avenue, utilizing about 1700 square feet of about 6300 square feet of a commercial section of the development, which will be one of four structures of what has been touted as downtown for the west end of Billings.
Shiloh Commons is being constructed by Stock Development and marketed by Coldwell Banker Commercial CBS.
Besides ground level retail space the four story structures will include 144 apartments on the upper floors, and underground parking for tenants. Another, smaller retail building will also be part of the campus, which will be designed for additional retail space, and a drive-through coffee shop.