New taco concept Barracuda coming to Tchoupitoulas Street_lowres

Brett Jones will open Barracuda, a modern casual taco concept, on Tchoupitoulas Street.

Barracuda, a new taco concept, is coming to Tchoupitoulas Street this fall.

The casual eatery will occupy a small space at 3984 Tchoupitoulas St., near Constantinople Street, and include a large outdoor dining area.

“We want to do a super simple menu with great techniques,” Jones says. “There will be very specific tacos — not Tex-Mex,”

[jump] Chef and owner Brett Jones said he was inspired to open a neighborhood taco spot after traveling through Mexico when he was younger, an experience that also inspired him to get into the restaurant business in the first place.

Jones, formerly the operations manager at Dinner Lab, was the opening manager at the Ace Hotel and most recently managed front and back of the house operations at the Ruby Slipper Cafe chain. More recently, Jones has been working as a food and beverage consultant. The idea to open his own brick-and-mortar had been in the works for a while, he says.

The short menu will feature tacos and small plates inspired by ingredients and recipes Jones came across while traveling with his wife in Mexico City and southern California. Vegan and vegatarian options will also be available. There will be a full bar, and the drinks and food menus are still being planned.

Barracuda will open in early fall.