Taco Guild opens in historic church building in Central Phoenix

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by Javier Soto

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Posted on November 18, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 7:10 AM

PHOENIX -- In Central Phoenix, what's old is new again.

There are new retail spaces, new buildings and new restaurants. But one new unique restaurant is taking on an old look with a religious twist.

Introducing Taco Guild. It's a taco shop in a deconsecrated Methodist Church.

The former church building has been around for 65 years. It was vacated and deconsecrated last year.

The owners of The Taco Guild managed to retain its beauty by keeping the stained glass, church pews and some of the other old fixtures, repurposing them for the restaurant.

"We did our best to retain the integrity of the church that has had a huge presence on this corner for decades" said Matt Janiec one of the partners in this new venture.

But they didn't stop there, they also tried to reduce their carbon footprint by buying used plates and anything else they could purchase from the Salvation Army to fill space. 

"Walking into the historic building, a sense of nostalgia and old world charm surrounds you," reads Taco Guild's website.

The huge open bar will get you salivating with more than 150 tequilas to choose from, some of them locally owned.

Of course, you're going to need it to wash down the street tacos with interesting twists like Peking duck, chipotle cherry steak and veggie tacos. The Taco Guild, which is located at 546 E. Osborn Road, is now open.  

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