Charleston taco business scopes out Asheville for possible expansion

Zia Taqueria of Charleston might open a second location in Asheville. Owner and chef Kevin Grant came to town recently to look at locations for an expansion to the mountains. “It seems like a really good fit for me and the business,” he says. Grant has a prospective partner who lives in Asheville, and the two hope to bring the Charleston concept here.

Grant visited Bandidos Burritos on his trip to Asheville, and he says he has heard a lot about the tacos at White Duck Taco Shop and WALK, but he thinks his business could provide an additional take on the taco. “Y’all have a fair amount of Mexican food, but you don’t really have anything that’s quite like what I serve,” he says. “I feel like there’s a niche in y’alls market that I could fulfill.”

Zia Taqueria focuses on Mexican-style meats served in a la carte tacos, plates, enchiladas and tortas along with Tex-Mex appetizers and salads. Grant says the full bar, which serves a number of tequila-based cocktails, is a central part of the Zia Taqueria concept.

Grant toured the former Dolores and Jose Mexican Restaurant building in West Asheville on his visit. He hasn’t moved on the property yet, but he’s seeking input from the community regarding locations and tacos in general. He welcomes emails at Zia Taqueria is online at


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