Scott Ehler

The Norfolk’s doors are currently closed, and now we know what’s in store for the Sydney institution: two levels of Ricos Tacos.

Public Hospitality has acquired the concept run by Chef Toby Wilson, who has slung al pastor via food trucks, pop-ups, and in the kitchen of a now-closed Chippendale shopfront.

Wilson will very much remain on board and “at the helm of tacos and creative”, and says the brand was always destined for a larger audience.

“The Norfolk being a Sydney local [is] the perfect place for the version of Ricos Tacos I’ve been envisioning since I started in the food truck,” says the chef.

“The team at PUBLIC have allowed me full creative license and support to enhance its offering. I can’t wait to show everyone what we’re working on.”

Come early September, The Norfolk will reopen with a new fit out that will see a beer garden inspired by a Mexican sports bar on the lower level and a club located upstairs.

Ricos’ signature menu will be available including cult dishes tacos al pastor and the hashbrown with chipotle salt and salsa roja as well as a rotating taco of the week.

Public Executive Chairman Jon Adgemis says the partnership is an important one for the group, which will continue moving ahead with its strategy of collaborating with culinary talent to take their concepts to the next level.

“It’s our intent to bring the community and locals on board to create experiences meaningful and missing in the area,” says Adgemis.

“Redfern is an important location for us to invest in further as we have with the success of La Salut, and I am confident Ricos Tacos at The Norfolk will complete the precinct.”

Official opening date to come.