Back in 2016 the creators of The Laundry were given the opportunity to start a new venture in the 113 Mill Street building. The initial plan was to renovate the concrete block building and lease the space. But the idea of a neighborhood speakeasy was tossed about, and 113 ½ Mill Street was repurposed as The Relief & Resource Co. with the name intended as a respectful nod to the nonprofit that occupied the building for so long. To learn more, visit reliefandresource.com.
Historically, a speakeasy would have had a cover business, some innocuous front intended to disguise illicit alcohol sales during the Prohibition era of 1920 to 1933. We decided on El Topo, a Latin American street food joint with a fresh and creative menu. Translating as ‘the mole’ or ‘spy’ in Spanish, El Topo seemed an appropriate cover for a secret speakeasy.
Service at El Topo has its roots in take-out with limited space for indoor dining and a full-service covered patio. Of particular interest is the vending machine located in the back hall of El Topo, especially between the hours of 5:00 pm and 11:00 pm, Tuesday – Saturday. But you didn’t hear that from us.