Coming to 6720 Alma Rd, the family-owned San Diego-founded brand will occupy a 1,400-square-foot space in the development. According to a recent state project filing, renovation work is expected to begin in early March and be completed by May. Other restaurants that have signed on to the development include Cedar Creek Brewhouse and Eatery, ChopShop Sports Garage (opened), Black Rock Coffee Bar and The Elwood (opened).
“We were looking at non-chain, different restaurants that were maybe a little more chef-driven or a little more interesting rather than going down Custer and seeing that same restaurant a couple miles down that direction,” developer Shane Jordan said about those coming to Hub 121.
Valerie’s Taco Shop currently has a Plano location at 1130 N Central Expy. It is also behind Valerie’s Taco Stand at 670 W Princeton Dr, suite 100 in Princeton. Founded in 1997 by Valerie and Steve Swanson, Texas has been the brand’s first foray outside of California where it operates several restaurants in the Southern portion of the state.
The forthcoming McKinney restaurant will be Valerie’s third location in Texas. And based on recent posts to Facebook, the brand has no plans to stop there. They are eyeing a location in Carrollton off SH 121, as well as one in Denton. A Flower Mound location was listed as “coming soon” in September 2021.
On the menu at Valerie’s are authentic Mexican food offerings like quesadillas, flautas, chimichangas and enchiladas. There are also a variety of combo plates and rice bowls. Sides include chips and fries that can be loaded with such toppings as cheese, guac, sour cream, salsa, beef and grilled shrimp. There’s also refried beans, Mexican rice, elote and all day breakfast burritos.
Located near the northwest corner of Alma Rd and SH 121, Hub 121 is a 85,000-square-foot mixed-use development that features a coworking space, a music pavilion, The Axiom apartment complex and more.