A former Lower Saucon Township sports bar and restaurant that closed during the pandemic is set to reopen as a Mexican dining destination.
The former Taps Tavern in the Saucon Valley Square mall on Rt. 378 has been vacant since May 2020, shortly after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. After more than two years, it is now on its way to becoming a Plaza Azteca Restaurant and part of a chain of restaurants that spans the entire Mid-Atlantic and Southern New England region. .
Work crews have been busy on site, recently repainted the building yellow-orange.
According to the Plaza Azteca website, the company operates nearly 50 restaurants from North Carolina to Massachusetts, including nearly 20 locations throughout Pennsylvania.
Locally, there is already a Plaza Azteca restaurant at 2835 Lehigh Street in Allentown.
The staff at this place did not know when the new restaurant should open.
Allentown Plaza Azteca hours of operation are: Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-10:30pm and Sunday 12pm-9pm.
“At Plaza Azteca, we offer a truly welcoming, warm and friendly atmosphere with attentive service to make you feel truly at home. Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway or a culinary experience, we are committed to meeting your individual needs,” the company’s website states.
Customers who have recently visited the Allentown restaurant have apparently confirmed this description by singing its praises in reviews posted online.
“Good size portions and great taste,” commented one customer in a Google review shared last week. “Tip: ask for guacamole and it will be made from scratch at the table.”
“We love this place,” another guest wrote. “Food and staff are amazing. …If you like Mexican food, this is the place.
On the lunch and dinner menu at the Allentown and other Plaza Azteca locations are South of the Border specialties such as nachos, empanadas, chimichangas, fajitas, burritos, tacos , quesadillas and enchiladas. There are also salads, steaks, seafood and Mexican rice.
The chain offers both children’s menus for lunch, as well as à la carte options and a dessert menu.
Vegetarian and vegan options such as spinach enchiladas and vegetarian fajitas are also listed on the menu, which offers a variety of combo platters as well as appetizers.
According to an online question answered by a customer, gluten-free options are available.
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) liquor license transfer sign posted in a window at the Rt. 378 location currently under construction indicates it will include a bar.
The Allentown Restaurant’s drink menu available online includes a variety of margaritas, martinis, daiquiris, and other cocktails, as well as wine and beer selections.
Taps and the sports bar business that preceded it at this location – the former Starters Pub – offered patrons outdoor dining as well as bar seating next to the indoor dining area.
Saucon Source has contacted representatives at Plaza Azteca to request information on the expected opening date of their restaurant in Lower Saucon Township. We’ll update this story when or if more information becomes available.
We also looked for updates on past revolutions in Saucon Valley; a vacant dining and entertainment venue across the mall parking lot from where Plaza Azteca is expected to open.
Revolutions offered bowling, an arcade, live entertainment and a bar-restaurant, and hosted various advertised events until the company’s abrupt closure in March 2019.
The sale of the property was announced in January, but little information about the new owner’s plans has yet been made public, and there has been little activity visible on site.
Several other smaller retail spaces within the mall also remain vacant.