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|About||With tacos, housemade sodas, and potato chips, HG80 playfully toes the line between comfortable and unconventional. We don't have a door, but if we did, we’d ask you to leave your expectations at it.|
In 2004, I adopted the most amazing greyhound from a rescue group in Dallas. His name was Mercury, and he was my best friend (ok, second best after my wife) for 10 years. HG80 is named in Mercury’s memory: Hg is the atomic symbol for the element mercury and 80 is its atomic number. I’ll donate a portion of the truck’s profits to animal rescue groups.
After 15 years in the restaurant and bar business, I’m ready to do my own thing. Now, when I have to deal with the consequences of a bonehead decision, at least it’s my own doing! But in all seriousness, I really enjoy being creative, working with my hands, and making people feel happy, respected, and loved. HG80 is a chance for me to do all of those at once! It gives me a platform to do good, be a productive part of the community, and give back to the great city of Providence.
Make people happy through food. From the moment a guest arrives, I aim to make dining at HG80 entertaining, engaging, interesting, and fun. A meal at HG80 will be more than a meal. It’ll be a lighthearted experience -- a moment of whimsy and stressless amusement with creatively surprising food and an interactive environment. Even standing in line will be enjoyable and engaging with trivia, fun facts, and, of course, puppy videos
I’ve always been a creative person -- a writer, musician, and performer -- and I constantly try to challenge expectations and traditions. As a mixologist, I channeled that creativity into creating cocktails with unusual ingredients and flavors. And at HG80, I’ll continue in the same vein, but with tacos, sodas, and chips. After deconstructing popular dishes from various cuisines and reconstructing them as tacos, the only thing traditional about them will be the locally made tortillas! I’m using my experience concocting craft cocktails to make interesting, unconventional soda flavors. Some people aren’t comfortable trying something new. “That’s different” is a euphemis