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Mojo’s Tacos Will Replace Saffire in The Factory at Franklin

The fast casual restaurant will open next spring

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When Saffire, the 16-year-old Factory at Franklin restaurant and bar from restaurateur Tom Morales, closes its doors at the end of December, a new fast casual concept from an increasingly active group of local restaurant investors will be taking its place.

Called Mojo’s Tacos (named after the pet bull of one of the lead investors, Bill Butler), the restaurant is the newest project from a group that has helped open and operate other food and beverage outlets such as Burger Up Cool Springs, Five Daughters Bakery, Franklin Juice and Honest Coffee Roasters. The latter three already have brick and mortar locations at The Factory.

Will Butler, one of the investors and a representative for the group, tells Eater that once they take possession of the space in January, they expect a two to three month buildout, with the restaurant opening in the spring. Powell Architecture and Building Studio will handle construction duties, with Powell’s Katie Vance overseeing the interior design. Vance has left her mark during the recent Nashville restaurant boom, designing the spaces for notable spots like Butcher & Bee, Old Glory, Butchertown Hall and Two Ten Jack.

While menu specifics are still being worked out, Mojo’s will offer tortillas made in-house, along with sides and paletas. It will also offer a full bar with a focus on tequila.

And for those interested in a preview of the new restaurant, Will Butler says that they will launch a Mojo’s Tacos food truck at the end of November, which will also be used for R&D prior to the opening.

Mojo’s Tacos food truck

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