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Friday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Who says you need a business plan to start a taco joint? After living it up at his fancy executive chef job, Mike Rypka decided to take his head full of ideas elsewhere and chase his dreams. He soon found them in Austin with a newly-acquired food trailer and a red Vespa scooter. A house was mortgaged. Credit cards were maxed out. Most importantly, some dreams came true. Torchy’s Tacos opened for the first time on South 1st at Bouldin Creek.
Torchy’s first menu was filled with more experiments than meals – tweaking recipes, trying new things, and serving up tacos to whoever wanted ‘em. Whenever Mike heard his customers holler “Damn, these tacos are good!” he’d add those tacos to the permanent menu. Soon, “Damn Good” became a rally cry at the trailer. The Taco Dream grew and took on a life of it’s own, resulting in long lines of newly-indoctrinated Taco Junkies ready for some Damn Good tacos.
Today, Torchy’s Tacos operates several stores and a trailer park across Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma. With many awards won, national praise garnered, and thousands of customers, employees, friends, and fans added to the Torchy’s family, you could say the Taco Dream is more alive than ever.