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Popular Taco Truck Opens Brick and Mortar on President Street

Semilla unlocks the doors for business

Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

Farmers market staple Semilla is officially now open at 218 President St. with tacos, rice bowls, and other contemporary Mexican fare. The team announced the opening on Instagram with a photo of the pretty-in-pink dining room. The space previously held Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen, which was bright red and covered in Chinese decorations.

In 2014, siblings Jill Schenzel and Macready Downer announced their intention to renovate an abandoned property at 223 St. Philip St. into their dream restaurant named Seed. When that deal didn’t work out, the duo came up with the idea for Semilla. In 2016, they launched the food truck as a way to get the concept off the ground quickly and save money for an address.

Today is the day when that idea comes to fruition on the Westside. Look for many of the same favorites, like the Brussels sprouts taco, that made the truck a hit.

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