Charleston’s time with Eastside Bagel may have been cut short, but the neighborhood won’t have to wait long for a new eatery to pop up in its place.
Co-owners Jesse Warnock and Eric Mills closed up permanently on Friday, Jan. 15. Much to the dismay of loyal local followers, the bagel boys ended up closing a few days earlier than expected due to unforeseen circumstances.
But, we caught up with co-owner Jesse Warnock, who revealed his plan to turn the eclectically decorated hole-in-the-wall location on Line Street from a bagel shop to a taco spot.
“I’ve always been attracted to street food, and I love how each culture around the world has their own style,” said Warnock. “Tacos, in my opinion, are the ultimate street food.”
Spending his formative years in San Diego led Warnock to develop a special affinity for tacos, particularly those from a taco shack near his home that served a unique style of hand-pressed, bacon fat-laden tortillas. Thinking back on this memory stirred up inspiration for his own new adventure. “I’m always chasing food memories,” he said, “and that’s what I’m trying to achieve with this new venture.”
Warnock is hoping to start dishing out the tacos at Dos Taqueria this March — “dos” because two is his daughter’s favorite number.
We can except a mix of the traditional and the experimental from this menu. While he wants traditional styles and flavors to be prominent, he also hopes to incorporate unexpected ingredients and tastes—which should come as no surprise to anyone who has looked at Eastside Bagel’s menu.
“I want to stick to a traditional style of creating the tortillas, however I’m not one who is generally satisfied sticking to the norm, so you can expect a good amount of funky tacos as well,” he explained.
Dos Taqueria will have the same hours as its predecessor, 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., which means breakfast tacos and burritos will be a big part of the menu.