Wellington and Royal Palm, The Wait Is Almost Over for PapiChulo Tacos Opening

he opening is planned for mid-October, the kitchen is heating up and the patio is ready to party (safe and social distanced, of course) as PapiChulo Tacos prepares to open the doors of their second location. After a short delay caused by the pandemic, the trio-of childhood amigos, Scott Frielich, Angelo Abbenate, and Cleve Mash, are excited to have their chef-driven, Mexican street-style concept open at 1005 N. State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach, FL.

With influences from Baja, California as well as South, Central and Latin America, the design will be a collaboration of all three partners and will have a laid back, beach-style feel. PapiChulo’s Royal Palm Beach location will be roomier than its sister restaurant with 3,200 feet and filled with 150 seats split between indoor and outdoor areas, an outside, kid-friendly patio complete with games like corn hole, ring toss, ping pong and giant Jenga set up for fun on artificial turf, and an expansive bar. With extra care in place, the restaurant will be going above and beyond all spacing and cleansing procedures to keep guests and staff safe.


The restaurant will serve fresh juices, top-notch tequila, handmade craft cocktails, and house-made tortilla chips. Hungry patrons can look forward to eats such as Smoked Brisket Nachos ($13.50) topped with refried beans, pickled red onions, jalapeno, queso fresco, cilantro, sour cream and scallions ($13.50). Ten different taco selections, priced from $3.50 to $5 each, will be offered with options such as the Pescado with blackened or fried local-caught fish with slaw, pineapple pico de gallo, cilantro, avocado crema and radish, or the always-popular Carne Asada with skirt steak, chimichurri, queso fresco, cilantro, sweet peppers, red cabbage, radish and scallions. Don’t sleep on the Puerco taco filled with pork shoulder, red cabbage, jicama, sweet peppers, cilantro, scallions and aji amarillo. Larger appetites will love the Chicken Mole made with a roasted half chicken, brussels, sweet peppers and mushrooms ($18.50). Be warned; no one can resist the Mexican Donuts dusted with cinnamon and sugar and filled with leche condensada ($9) or the homemade Caramel Flan flavored with coconut and mint ($7.5). Vegetarian and gluten-free options will also be available.

The partners, all with the common love of Florida beaches, tacos and tequila, have an impressive track record of opening and running successful local establishments: Abbenante with Lynora’s Italian Restaurants; Frielich with Dada, Kapow!, Dubliner, Howley’s, and Lost Weekend; and Mash with Pawn Shop, Dirty Martini, Dr. Feelgood’s and one of the longest running nightclubs on Clematis, Monkey Club. They decided to follow their passion and join together to open the first PapiChulo Tacos together in December of 2018 in Jupiter, Fl. And, though combined they’ve opened of over 25 locations throughout South Florida, it will be their first venture west in Palm Beach County.

PapiChulo Tacos Royal Palm Beach location is slated to open in mid-October with  lunch and dinner service. Dine in, or order take out, either way you won’t want to miss the daily happy hour specials, Taco Tuesday or a Margarita Monday.

For those who can’t wait until the opening of PapiChulo Tacos Royal Palm Beach, the Jupiter location is currently open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and a new weekend brunch.  Visit papichulostacos.com for more info and follow PapiChuloTacos Royal Palm Beach on social media for the latest updates.

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