Ted’s Tacos and Cantina recently announced that he will be opening an Ardmore store later this summer. Located in Ardmore Commons, the former location of the Cotton Patch Cafe, the quick and casual Mexican eatery will serve a variety of specialty tacos, pan-fried nachos, loaded waffle fries, and build your own burritos and bowls. There will also be a full bar with a variety of drink options.
Ted’s director of operations David Foxx said the restaurant will be the second Tacos and Cantina restaurant to open in the state. This version differs from Ted’s Cafe Escondido in that its customers will order at the counter and be less staffed than the full-service restaurant. The concept also allowed the restaurant to have more creativity with the menu.
He said the company became interested in opening an Ardmore site after receiving inquiries from customers.
“We’re an Oklahoma-based company and as we come out of COVID and expand into Oklahoma City and Tulsa, we felt the time was right to reach out to some of the smaller communities,” Foxx said. “Several of our guests have reached out to us via email and social media to recommend towns like Ardmore, Ada and Stillwater. So we looked at the customer requests and went from there. Luckily we were able to find the old Cotton Patch Cafe in Ardmore so it worked out perfectly for us.
Foxx said the restaurant will spend about four weeks doing minor construction work on the building to bring in the new signage and color scheme, as well as building the order counter and making some changes to the bar. They will also refresh the landscaping, update the TVs, and add new patio furniture to the glazed area of the building.
“The glazed area has garage doors that open so we can use it for an outdoor patio when the weather permits and can still use it for indoor seating when it doesn’t.” “, did he declare.
Foxx said the tentative opening date would be July 5, but several factors such as hiring and training employees, liquor licensing and any unforeseen construction issues could potentially set that back.