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Former MasterChef quarter-finalist Hannah Gregory, of Bury St Edmunds, gearing up for opening of new taqueria TACOR behind the Beerhouse pub





A former MasterChef quarter-finalist is gearing up for the opening of her new taqueria in a Suffolk town.

Hannah Gregory, of Bury St Edmunds, aims to welcome customers to her first business, TACOR, at the old Pizzashed site in Tayfen Road behind The Beerhouse in mid-June.

After raising more than £26,000 via a Kickstarter earlier this year, she has been busy spending the last few months preparing the eatery.

TACOR will be opening at the former Pizzashed site behind The Beerhouse in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Hannah Gregory
TACOR will be opening at the former Pizzashed site behind The Beerhouse in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Hannah Gregory

Hannah said: “In the grand scheme of things, it has been going well. I don’t want to jinx myself but we’ve been pretty lucky apart from two major things which included replacing the floor.

“I’m very fortunate as my partner Jon has done most of the main work in the building and he’s done so much for me. I’m extremely grateful for him.

“He has always been supportive of this idea and now with his help it has kind of organically grown into our own baby of sorts and I am really happy with it.”

Hannah is looking forward to welcoming customers next month
Hannah is looking forward to welcoming customers next month

There will be 18 seats in TACOR so people are able to treat it as a restaurant and customers are able to enjoy the food inside the Beerhouse, provided they get a drink from the pub.

The menu, which will change monthly, will consist of meat, fish and vegetarian options including dishes such as Hannah’s signature chipotle and mole short rib tacos alongside sides such as topos and lots more.

With about a month left until its official opening, Hannah is looking forward to getting started despite some nervousness.

The opening for the new eatery is just weeks away now. Picture: Hannah Gregory
The opening for the new eatery is just weeks away now. Picture: Hannah Gregory

“I’m champing at the bit to get going but there is a lot of anxiety and apprehension as well,” she said.

“I’ve never had my own business premises before and I don’t know how successful it is going to be, but I am definitely proud of what we’ve done so far.

“There’s going to be a few things I learn and I’m just trying to educate myself as much as I can as it might be a bit of a baptism of fire those first few weeks.

After having her first proper taco in Tulum, Mexico, in 2019, Hannah became obsessed with Mexican food
After having her first proper taco in Tulum, Mexico, in 2019, Hannah became obsessed with Mexican food

“I just hope people will be understanding and kind as we will be learning a bit as we go.”