The Matador (2221 NW Market St) is celebrating its 10th birthday tonight and the team are offering some phenomenal discounts from 5 p.m. until close. This evening house margaritas and Happy Hour tacos and Texas-size nachos cost only $1 each!
Owners Nate Opper and Zak Melang are celebrating the 10th birthday of the flagship that now has eight sister stores all over the country, the most recent opening two months ago in Denver.
According to a report in the Puget Sound Business Journal, the seven Matador restaurants then in operation grossed more than $30 million last year.
Opper and Melang told writer Glenn Drosendahl about their appreciation of the support they found here in Ballard. “We’re prepared to give the house away tonight. We didn’t even know we’d be around for 10 years. So we wanted to give back to our customers, to let them know how much we appreciate them, and we thought this would be a pretty cool way to do it.”
The PSBJ article also points to the fact that Opper and Melang continue to embrace the unique qualities of opening restaurants in neighborhood locations rather than shopping malls or developments. According to the article, they have been approached to open Matador restaurants in what Melang refers to as “soulless” settings, however, they instead choose options that reflect their flagship restaurant in Ballard.
Melang told Drosendahl that they will continue to strive to keep the restaurants in neighborhoods. “It worked in Ballard. We’re going to stay with it.”
Head down to the Matador tonight to celebrate this special milestone!
Photo courtesy of The Matador.