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Cardinal Taco Plan Scrapped Due to 'Family Health Issues'

By Adeshina Emmanuel | February 14, 2014 9:08am
 Cardinal Taco is no longer opening in Andersonville this spring.
Cardinal Taco is no longer opening in Andersonville this spring.
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Andersonville Chamber of Commerce

ANDERSONVILLE — The owners of three popular Andersonville restaurants planned to partner with a Texas chef and open a new taqueria and bar called Cardinal Taco — but the plan has been called off due to "family health issues."

In October, businessmen Marty Fosse and Tim Rasmussen announced they were joining forces with Texas chef Carlos Ysaguirre to open Cardinal at an undisclosed Andersonville location this spring. Fosse and Rasmussen own Italian restaurant Anteprima, American farm-to-table restaurant Acre and Venetian-style bar Ombra.

Rasmussen told DNAinfo Chicago Thursday that the Cardinal Taco plan has been abandoned because one of the partners in the venture is stepping away to handle "family health issues."

The Andersonville resident said he's "done lots and lots of restaurants over the years," and that for a number of different reasons some ideas never make it out the gate. But "this is the worst kind of reason of all," Rasmussen said.

Fosse, Ysaguirre and Rasmussen had promised a "fun and casual dining experience," at Cardinal Taco, which a news release boasted would have "Andersonville's largest and most inviting outdoor beer garden."

"We're disappointed, but there will be other opportunities that come along," Rasmussen said.