A Mexican Restaurant Is Replacing Jax Fish House On The Plaza

A Rendering Of T'ÄHÄ / Rendering By bcDesignGroup

A new Mexican restaurant is making its way to the Plaza. And no, it won’t be Tex-Mex. T’ähä, expected to open in late spring, is opening in the former Jax Fish House and will focus on authentic food from Central Mexico, but with a Midwestern flair (4814 Roanoke Pkwy, KCMO).

T’ähä owners Jose Gomez and his father, Fidel, are no strangers to the restaurant industry. Fidel has been operating his two family-owned Mexican restaurants Little Hacienda in Branson for the past 25 years. With T’äha, the father-son duo are looking to create a menu inspired by Fidel’s roots. Fidel immigrated to the US in the ‘90s from Hidalgo, Mexico, where there is still a strong indigenous community, specifically the Otomi people.  

“The [midwestern] general public thinks Mexican food is beans, rice, cheese and more cheese,” says Jose. “There’s nothing wrong with that; I love some good Tex-Mex. But Mexican cuisine is so much more nuanced than that. There’s so much diversity.”

T’ähä, which means “dream” in Otomi, will emphasize “authentic, fresh and quality ingredients” that blend with more typical midwestern American foods. Lamb, a traditional dish from Hidalgo, will be a menu highlight, along with a big focus on moles.

Jose says a specialty bar program will also pay homage to the diversity of Mexican ingredients. 

To keep updated with T’ähä’s opening, follow their Instagram, @tahakansascity.

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