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A Tribute to the Lone Star State — Ladybird Brings Breakfast Tacos to 12 South Soon

Ladybird’s tacos, queso, and coffee will fill the former BOX Bongo + Bakery space in 2020

a tray holds three salsas and 3 breakfast tacos filled with egg and meat and cheese Katelyn Brown Photo / Ladybird Taco

A restaurant inspired by Texas culture is bringing breakfast tacos, queso, and coffee to Nashville’s 12 South neighborhood in 2020. Ladybird Taco, owned by longtime friends Andrew Wiseheart, Ben Edgerton, and Gabe Scott, will open in February at 2229 10th Avenue South.

The new restaurant will specialize in grab-and-go breakfast tacos served on homemade tortillas, but will also serve salads, salsas, queso, and lunch taco options. In the morning Ladybird will offer coffee and espresso service, followed by alcoholic beverages in the afternoon.

Co-owner Gabe Scott is a Nashville local with 20 years spent in the music industry as a touring and session musician. Scott also spent time as a record produces and composer for TV and film. This is his first foray into the restaurant industry. The restaurant is inspired by Scott’s frequent trips to tacos shops when visiting Texas. Gabe’s wife, a Texas native, as well as his longtime friends Andrew Wiseheart and Ben Edgerton inspired him to pursue his dream of opening a restaurant.

San Angelo, Texas native Andrew Wiseheart is chef and co-owner at Contigo in Austin, Texas. Ben Edgerton is a San Antonio native and co-owner of Contigo. Wiseheart and Edgerton launched Contigo Austin in 2011, and since opened and operate two other restaurants — Contigo Fareground and Last Straw.

The three co-founders met eight years ago at a food retreat in San Antonio, then ran into each other several years later at a restaurant in Austin and caught up on life, passions and work projects. One year later, the three worked together to conceive Ladybird Taco and bring it to life in Nashville.

Ladybird Taco will take over the current BOX - Bongo + Bakery on 10th space — which owner Bob Bernstein recently announced was closing on September 22.

Bongo Productions, the group behind Fido and Bongo Java, opened BOX in 2016 — serving baked good, other breakfast items, and coffee.

Ladybird is debuting its food on Friday at Music City Food & Wine — so festival-goers can get a sneak peek of the upcoming 12 South breakfast taco shop.

Come February, Ladybird will be open from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., seven days a week.