Torchy's Tacos Is Coming to Former Fran's on South Congress
Homegrown chain to create flagship store at former burger joint
By Virginia B. Wood, 11:30AM, Fri. Jun. 13
When asked if he was concerned about putting a bigger, fancier Torchy's in such close proximity to two stores on South First, Torchy's founder Mike Rypka explained that neither the original trailer park outlet (1311 S. First) nor the old Virginia's Cafe location (2809 S. First) offers the opportunity for expansion or full bar service. "And besides, we just couldn't pass up the opportunity to be on South Congress. The location is too good," Rypka said. Rypka says they hope to have the SoCo Torchy's up and running in time for South by Southwest 2015.
In other Torchy's expansion news, the eagerly awaited new outlet in the Mueller development has gotten caught up in the backlog vortex of the city permit process and is now projected for a fall opening.