NEW ALBANY — The owners of The Exchange Pub + Kitchen and Brooklyn and the Butcher are bringing another restaurant to downtown New Albany, this one a fast-casual concept inspired by the owners’ trips to Mexico and other coastal cities. 

Longboard’s Taco & Tiki will open late in the first quarter of 2018, although a countdown clock on the restaurant’s website with 20 weeks left on it may indicate a more specific opening date. The restaurant’s Facebook page lists 302 Pearl Street as its address. 

The new restaurant concept, which is owned by Ian and Nikki Hall, will serve “chef-inspired” tacos and “tiki-influenced” cocktails in a “relaxing, cool, California beach vibe.”

“We found ourselves really inspired by the cocktail movement of the classic-style tiki bars,” Ian said in a news release. “We thought, what better way to pair our new tiki cocktail concept than alongside our take on the taco shop.” 

The restaurant’s menu will consist of eight to 10 styles of tacos, influenced by Latin American street food, as well as Poke bowls with rice, seafood ceviches, salads with fresh local greens and house-made salsas and guacamoles. 

The drinks will consist of twists on traditional margaritas and tequila cocktails, as well as a variety of island rums and those tiki-inspired cocktails. 

The Halls have been working on their restaurant for the last 8 months, and they hope to keep up their tradition of carefully planned eateries (which often end up winning awards). The Exchange and Brooklyn and the Butcher were both honored by Louisville Magazine this year with “best restaurant” awards. 

Longboard’s will focus on local products and ingredients, local purveyors, hand crafted cocktails and “stellar hospitality.” 

“I think this will be a great compliment to the brands we already represent as well as a nice addition to Downtown New Albany,” Ian said. 

Danielle Grady, a Southern Indiana native and a 2016 Ball State University graduate, is the business and economic development reporter for The News and Tribune. Basically, she writes about your favorite restaurants. Send story tips via email or twitter.

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