Bakersfield, a Mexican street food restaurant that also draws influence (and its name) from the 'Bakersfield sound' country music genre of the 50s and 60s, opened their doors last night. Located at 201 Third Avenue South in the ground floor of the Encore condo tower downtown, the casual eatery's nearly 4,000 square foot space offers up a small menu of traditional starters, salads, tortas, tostadas and tacos. A full bar is also available, with tequila and bourbon being the main spirits focus.
The space was originally slated for the ill-fated Fulton's Tavern, a project from the now seemingly defunct restaurant group Atlas Concepts, that fell through last April. Bakersfield then signed on less than a month and a half later to open up their fifth location and their first in Tennessee.
Currently hours are 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, with lunch and Sunday service planned for the near future.