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If Benjamin Jewell could tell you one thing about the new Tapa N Tacos, which opened Friday in Cocoa Village, it would be this: Don't fear the cursed location.

The restaurant, which will specialize in Mexican and Spanish food, as well as craft cocktails, opened at 11 a.m. Friday.

It's the latest eatery to take up residence in the early 1900s bank building on Harrison Street that has housed a Korean restaurant, a sports bar, and fine-dining in recent years.

Marnio Biondino, who opened the Spanish restaurant El Bodegon in the space two years ago, is partnering with Jewell for Tapa N Tacos. El Bodegon didn't close because of its location, he said, rather it fell victim to COVID-19. His higher-end food wasn't suited for take-out, and restaurant closures early in the pandemic made it difficult for the business to stay afloat.

For the new restaurant, Jewell and Biondino, along with executive chef Kent Hildreth, have kept some of the Spanish favorites from El Bodegon, such as Biondino's award-winning paella while adding Mexican mainstays, such...

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