Oct. 09--The controversial restaurant with lion meat tacos on the menu appears to have had an ever-so-short lifespan in Ybor City.
The building where Taco Fusion opened up in Ybor City is now closed down, with For Rent signs surrounding the property. Calls and emails to the restaurant owner were not returned Tuesday, and several phone numbers associated with the restaurant are now disconnected. Both the company's Facebook and Twitter accounts have been shut down.
A total closure would mark a remarkable turn of events for Taco Fusion, which made headlines and attracted scorn worldwide after the restaurant expanded an already unusual menu to include items like bear, kangaroo and lion meat, which owners said came from domestic farms.
For a time, the restaurant operated on Bay to Bay Boulevard in South Tampa, but amid a dispute with the building owners, the operations relocated this August to a walk-up, open air location on 17th Street in Ybor City. Now, the Taco Fusion signs there have been taken down. Chairs on the deck are all locked together with chains and soda dispensers were stacked by a side alley.
That makes the location immediately available, said building owner Richard Perez. "They were working on construction for a few months," Perez said Tuesday. "But they were only open a week. I don't know what happened or why they closed so fast. It's a nice location, and if you have good food, people will come find you."