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The much-loved Mexican restaurant at Ettalong Beach has closed

Much-loved Ettalong Beach restaurant LA TACO has sadly announced its closure via Instagram on Monday 8th January, 2024. Read the statement from the restaurant's Instagram below:


LA TACO has sadly had to shut its doors for good. The reality of the restaurant industry is a tough one to take. However the last 2 and a bit years have been some of the best of my life, I leave with a lot of lessons learnt and a bright future ahead and I shut the doors knowing that we provided the residents and those visiting Ettalong Beach a fantastic experience every time they came by.

We stayed true to Mexican flavours, we fiesta’d long into many nights and the margaritas always left people smiling, as did the service from my amazing team who I have nothing but love and thanks for.

To the regular customers that called us a second home when they couldn’t be bothered to cook and wanted a great feed with a friendly chat, THANK YOU. You guys kept us afloat through the lean months and kept me entertained with your wonderfully kind natures.

I leave you with this, I know times are tough for a lot, but when you can, remember to shop small, remember to be kind to all in any service industry, in fact to anyone in any industry. But most importantly if you’re a fan of food, get your ass down to Ettalong Beach for some of the best food the Central Coast has to offer!! You will not be disappointed, Adios!"

Liam Collins, former manager at the highly successful Johnny Tapas is set to take his hospitality background to new heights, taking over ownership of the Ettalong Beach-based LA TACO.

Established by Cameron Cansdell and Hayley Hardcastle of Saddles Mount White, LA TACO’s launch was eagerly anticipated and when the doors opened back in May, the Mexican cantina was warmly welcomed by the Central Coast community. LA TACO fast developed a reputation for flavoursome dishes, delicious margaritas and its high-energy and partylike vibe.

Cameron and Hayley always had a plan in place to hand over the reins to someone else and young gun, Liam was the perfect fit. “When I saw the opportunity to invest in LA TACO and be mentored by some of the best in the industry, it reinvigorated my love for hospitality”

“There’s a boost of quality venues across the Coast, and this was my opportunity to be a part of this growth, owning one of the newest spots in the region”.

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New owner Liam Collins

Liam, a Central Coast local, brings with him over a decade of hospitality experience, working his way up through the industry ranks. “Like everyone in hospitality, I started at the bottom, waiting tables, working various bar jobs eventually becoming the manager of Hogs Breath Terrigal and then on to Johnny Tapas” he says.

“My time at Johnny Tapas was one of my career highlights. Building a business from scratch, assisting with the venue’s growth, and turning it into what it’s known for today was deeply rewarding, but prepared me for my next venture” he adds.

Both Cameron and Hayley will stay on for a set period of time at LA TACO, providing mentorship, leadership and industry training to Liam. “I’ve got a lot to learn but can’t wait to put my own stamp on something whilst being guided by two of the most experienced people I know in hospitality”, Liam admits.

“I’m so excited to welcome everyone back and showcase an incredible menu packed full of authentic Mexican flavour and a beverage list to match – we’re going for good vibes at LA TACO and looking forward to seeing you all soon”.

And the atmosphere, well the small space offers up plenty of punch, events are also planned so you can expect to see the return of that much-loved Mariachi band.

‘I love the Mariachi band, it creates a fantastic atmosphere and they really lend well to the romantic alleyways that the Galleria has.’

LA TACO is back open for dine in and take away from Thursday 11th November from 5.00pm, Thursday through to Saturday. Bookings can be made online.