Opening in March 2017, Coyote Cafe 51’s Executive Chef, John “JT” Taylor has been contemplating his Tex-Mex concept for five or six years, and last year partnered with John M. Mannino and Daris Gavin, of Mannino’s Italian Bistros, to make the idea a reality.
Taylor customized many of the recipes to bring a local touch to classic Tex-Mex fare, including menu items such as Oysters Santa Fe (a play on the classic Oysters Rockefeller) and tortilla-encrusted Coyote Crab Cake. This fusion of mid-Atlantic, Southern, and Southwestern flavors creates unique flavors you won’t find anywhere else. BBQ Chicken Burrito, anyone?
Located at 1637 Hilltop West Shopping Center, Coyote Café 51 (the “51” comes from the zip code: 23451) features only fresh ingredients; you won’t find anything pre-made from a box or bottle.
Coyote Café 51’s current challenge: letting people know they’re open and growing. There were a few bumps in service on opening, but those have been corrected with training on performance expectations… and a few staffing changes. The kitchen staff has worked through their workflow, as well.
Advice to others starting their business is to have not only a solid, genuinely good product to offer, but a helpful customer-service team who can sell it. Coyote Café 51’s goal is to develop a good core of regular customers, becoming the favored low-key spot to hang out with friends, enjoying great dining and beverages.
Coyote Café 51 is open from 11am-3:30pm for lunch and 3:30pm-12am for dinner seven days a week. Large parties are welcome. Learn more at coyotecafe51.com and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CoyoteCafe51.