"I knew people in Kansas City knew about Barbosa's. It's just, we've had people stopping in all the time asking when we were opening," Taylor says.
Barbosa's Express held a soft opening Sunday, introducing its tacos made with flour tortillas (instead of the traditional yellow corn) to the neighborhood.
It's a business that Taylor knows well, working at both St. Joseph restaurants during high school. When she graduated with a degree in business management from Missouri Western State University last May, she approached her family about taking Barbosa's to a new city.
"I had a secret plan that I kept under wraps. I really wanted to franchise the restaurant because I knew it could be successful in other places," Taylor says.
Her family agreed, and Taylor began looking for locations. The former home of the Latin Bistro Express proved to be the right fit. Taylor intends to expand from lunch service, adding breakfast in about a month's time, and will open on weekends if there's demand downtown.
"We want to master one thing, then we'll add stuff on," Taylor says.
Barbosa's Express will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.