After a brief closure to allow for a transition to a west-side location, Tacology 201 will open on Dec. 16 at its new location, 3266 W. Iles Ave. Tacology 101 closed its downtown location Oct. 17 to focus on the final renovations of the new space in the West Iles Business Center.
At 3,800 square feet, Tacology 201 is significantly larger than its predecessor, although for now the restaurant will be limited to curbside service. Owner James Hamilton described his departure from downtown as a bittersweet moment and said he will continue to support downtown businesses by offering a selection of beverages from Buzz Bomb Brewing and Anvil & Forge Brewing and Distilling, as well as incorporating produce from the Old Capitol Farmers Market into menu items.
The West Iles Business Center was constructed in 2017, with Little Minds Learning Center initially slated to serve as the anchor tenant, occupying 6,000 square feet. However, developer Ben Call, a broker with The Real Estate Group, said the business paid rent for two months and never opened at all. After what he described as a long, drawn-out court battle, he said the owners of the center decided to move in a different direction, which led to discussions with several potential tenants to take over the space, including Hamilton.
Tacology 101 was recognized with Springfield Business Journals 15 Under Fifteen award in 2018.