A unique restaurant had to close just a few months after opening.
The United States’ only Nigerian taqueria, based in Sacramento, California, is scheduled to close on April 30, the restaurant’s owner, Rasheed Amedu, announced on Instagram this week.
Naija Boy Tacos only opened six months ago, and although it’s closing at the end of the month, the Taco Bell competitor could be back.
To thank the customers the unique restaurant has already amassed, Naija Boy Tacos is finishing service with its second Shakara brunch event, The Sacramento Bee reported.
The brunch event, held in March, included a celebration of suya chicken wings, lamb chorizo breakfast sandwiches and pet nat wine – along with afro beat music.
“Alright everyone, I’ll keep it short and sweet. We’re closing Naija Boy Tacos on April 30th after our SHAKARA brunch,” Amedu said in an Instagram post on Thursday.
The Post continued, “We’ve always had an expiration date at this location, it just came a little early.”
“Thank you to the residents of Mansion Flats for coming out and supporting over the past year. Many thanks to my previous and current team.”
The open-air Mansion Flats site was never to last forever, as prior to the opening of Naija Boy, a local development company planned to build a 26-unit residence on the piece of land.
Amedu has plans to open a more exclusive Californian-Nigerian restaurant on the building’s floor once it’s finished.
The name of the restaurant is Iya-Mi, which means “my mother” in Yoruba.
Although Naija Boy was never meant to stay, his customers could have enjoyed it for more than six months if it weren’t for the difficulties of getting operating permits.
Due to the difficulties Amedu had in obtaining permits to open, the planned summer opening was postponed to October 2022.