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Agave & Rye, a new epic taco restaurant, opens in Fayette Mall

Agave & Rye, a Tequila and Bourbon Hall based in Covington, Kentucky opened a new location in the former Newk’s Eatery location at The Fayette Mall on Sunday, June 23.

Originally from Columbus, Yavonne Sarber and her husband opened the first Agave & Rye in Covington, Kentucky in February 2018. Last October, the two signed with investment partners to roll out 100 units within the following years. By the end of 2020, six additional Agave & Rye concepts will be opened, continued by 15 or more locations opening annually after that.

Best known for “epic tacos,” Agave & Rye’s menu includes 19 different tacos like “The Crown Jewel” with butter poached lobster and truffle mac n cheese, “The Sensei” with kangaroo tenderloin, and “The All Nighter” with duck confit.

What makes the tacos epic are their size and unique combination of fillings.

Tacos are double shelled with a crunchy corn shell inside a soft flour tortilla to hold the weight of the taco together. Opt for the “love cushion” and have bourbon bacon refried beans, queso or guacamole placed between the two shells.

The tacos are basically the size of sandwiches, and Sarber admits it’s hard to eat more than one or two. You can expect to be satisfied with an order of two tacos, a side and a drink for roughly $20.

Along with epic tacos, the menu features taco bowls, salad bowls, and street fair including guaca fries, fresh elote, and a variety of empanadas. The menu changes seasonally based on what is the freshest and in season.

Their full bar includes 100 tequilas, 80 bourbon selections, and a variety of cocktails, wines in a can, and Mexican sodas.

Ingredients are fresh, never frozen and the meat is prepped, brined and smoked fresh every morning. Patrons can enjoy a farm to table style eating experience, but expect to be in and out within a half hour.

The restaurant seats 160 inside and 60 outside on the patio. The new location is decorated with rustic wood and brightly colored cushions. There is a fine line between high art and street art that gives the space an urban grunge feel.

The new Agave & Rye location is now open at 3535 Nicholasville Road at the Fayette Mall in Lexington.

Hours are Sunday & Monday from 11 am to 10 pm, Tuesday – Thursday from 11 am to midnight, Friday & Saturday from 11 am to 1 am.


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