Cochino Taco has definitely been following a trend with its taqueria locations: opening in former garages or gas stations. Restaurateur Johnny Ballen launched his first Cochino in a former Phillips 66 station in Englewood in 2016, and followed up last year with an outpost on South Broadway, in what had previously been Gary Lee’s Motor Club & Grub. Ballen is making it a trio with a new Cochino Taco in what was built as a Texaco service station in the 1950s.
Along with a small tree-lined patio with a fire pit on one corner of the property, there’s also a spacious covered deck with radiant-heat flooring. Large garage doors open from the patio into the dining room, and a long bar extends to the opposite side of the space complete with a disco ball and colorful accents throughout.