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Neon Taco's Monica Dimas and Magnolia's Nutty Squirrel Gelato Are Both Expanding

Dimas is taking over the former Kedai Makan window to sell tortas.

Nutty Squirrel Gelato at the Maple Valley Farmers Market
Nutty Squirrel Gelato at the Maple Valley Farmers Market
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Monica Dimas

Lucky you, Capitol Hill. Last week, Kedai Makan's announcement that it would be expanding to La Bete's former space sent fans celebrating, and now comes word that Makan's beloved window at 1510 E Olive Way won't be left lonely: Monica Dimas of Nacho Borracho's perma-pop-up Neon Taco will take over this fall.

Per Seattle Met: "Though Dimas is restoring Mexican street food to the one-time home of Tacos Gringos, her second location won't sell tacos. She's planning a menu of tortas, Mexico's oblong sandwiches served on hearty, crusty buns called bolillos. Thus far she's been too busy plotting her menu to finalize a name, but one possible moniker is Neon Sandwich." Expect some of Dimas' Neon Taco specials at the new spot, including a lamb torta with smoked poblanos, a pork belly and kimchi number, and one stuffed with smoked fish. Like Kedai Mekan before, Dimas' window also plans to serve diners at Montana down the road. Look for it to open roundabout September, and keep an eye on the Neon Taco Facebook page for Sunday barbecues in preparation.

Nutty Squirrel Gelato

In more expansion news, after opening their first Nutty Squirrel Gelato in Maple Valley three years back, Phinney Ridge residents Alev and Tolga Seymen are setting up a second shop close to home at 7212 Greenwood Ave. N. The new Nutty Squirrel is scheduled to open August 1, PhinneyWood reports, scooping up what sounds like the same seasonally-rotating menu. Find the current flavors and opening updates on Facebook.