Don’t Look Back: Nate’s tacos likely coming to new Carytown restaurant

Last month, Richmond mourned the loss of Nate’s Taco Truck Stop in Jackson Ward. Now, according to his new business partner, Nate will have a permanent location in Carytown and will once again have a brick-and-mortar in which to sling tacos.

Nate Gutierrez, owner of Nate’s Taco Truck, has been tapped to be head chef at a new Carytown restaurant. Hamooda Shami, co-owner and General Manager of New York Deli, is taking over the location previously known as Viva Mexico, located on the 2900 block of W. Cary Street. “It’s still a little early,” he cautioned, yet adding “I’ve always wanted to do another space.”

He’s been thinking about opening another restaurant since November 2011. When he talked to people close to him about offering a Mexican menu, he was told that he had to try Nate’s tacos. He promptly visited Nate’s Taco Truck Stop on 2nd Street. Shami said his sampling of Nate’s food were the best tacos “I’ve ever had.”

Shortly after visiting Nate’s 2nd Street location, Shami read an RVANews article announcing that, for various reasons, Nate would be closing his location in Jackson Ward at the end of 2011. In the article, Nate, a husband and father of two children, lamented that he did not have either the financial resources to allow the 2nd Street business to grow, or to serve in all capacities of restaurant ownership: accountant, head chef, dishwasher, etc. The article, according to Shami, “spoke” to him.

Shortly after reading the RVANews article, Shami contacted Nate with this pitch: I’ll run the business side of things, you just focus on making great food. Nate accepted the offer (Nate Gutierrez could not be reached for comment).

“We still have a long way to go,” said Shami, who hopes that the restaurant, named Don’t Look Back, will open in March of this year. Along with serving food, Don’t Look Back will also have a bar and, contrary to Nate’s 2nd Street location, will be a sit-down restaurant.


photo by Erica Terrini

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  1. Best news I’ve read all year.

  2. 2012 just got better. My lunch options just got better.

  3. My lunch options just got better. Can’t wait for this.

  4. This is awesome. Too bad my office just moved out of Carytown though. Would hit this up on the regular for lunch.

  5. Jennifer on said:

    I can almost smell the chicken skin tacos! Yum!


  7. Suzanne on said:

    Don’t look back, BK.

  8. Kathryn on said:


  9. Patrick on said:

    Thats awesome news!!!

  10. Erik on said:


  11. wren on said:

    Nate’s chicken skin tacos within walking distance of my house? MAKE IT SO.

  12. Lisa on said:

    Hurry up.

  13. Fantabulous news.

  14. Suite!

    Suddenly I wish I’d never moved out of the Fan.

  15. Tacotaco on said:

    Probably great for the business owner and bad for the taco man. Im sure he is looking to bank on this business plan and not allow nate to grow financially.

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