Virgil’s Original Taqueria opens Thursday in downtown Raleigh

Virgil’s, a new taco restaurant, will open Thursday in downtown Raleigh.
Virgil’s, a new taco restaurant, will open Thursday in downtown Raleigh. Andrea Weigl

Virgil’s Original Taqueria, a new taco restaurant and bar, will open at 11 a.m. Thursday in downtown Raleigh.

This is the latest venture from Jonathan Seelbinder, who also owns The Architect Bar and Social House in downtown Raleigh.

Over the last couple years, Seelbinder has been transforming a 9,000-square-foot building at 126 S. Salisbury Street; first with an upstairs Level Up bar and arcade, then a downstairs sandwich shop, Linus and Peppers, in the former Subway location, and now with Virgil’s, next door to the sandwich shop. His catering operation also operates out of the building’s basement.

Virgil’s menu offers housemade horchata and aqua frescas, a Mexican-inspired cocktail list, starters, tacos for $4 each, sides, posole, tortas, chilaquiles and tostadas. The about 40-seat restaurant will be open from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. every day.

With his business expansion, Seelbinder has created a restaurant group, Local Icon Hospitality. He’s also hired a chef with an impressive resume: Andrew Klamar, who worked for James Beard award-winning chef Sean Brock at McCrady’s in Charleston and for Tyler Brown at The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

Seelbinder also has plans to open Little City Brewing and Provisions in the ground floor of the West Building in the Glenwood South area. The 4,800-square-foot space will have a seven-barrel-brewing system and a gourmet market. Seelbinder hopes the brewery will be open in four to eight weeks and the market by summer.

Info: 126 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh,

Weigl: 919-829-4848;

Twitter: @andreaweigl