Mexican restaurant opens in former Shen Hua Berkeley space
In June, Berkeley residents mourned the loss of Shen Hua, a popular Chinese restaurant that had been open for nearly 25 years on College Avenue. Now the Elmwood neighborhood is getting a new restaurant: 5 Tacos & Beers, the second location of Mexican restaurant Albany, as first reported And now San Francisco.
5 Tacos chef and owner Lito Saldaña ran Berkeley’s Cancun Sabor Mexicana for 15 years until he decided to open his own restaurant, Los Moles in Emeryville (Los Moles now also has locations in El Cerrito and San Rafael). The idea for 5 Tacos & Beers, which opened in Albany in 2020, was born out of the popularity of “taco Tuesday” in Los Moles.