"...The last time folks in the central east Austin neighborhoods around the Mueller development were this fired up about a restaurant debut was when H-E-B's Cafe Mueller opened in the summer of 2013. Area residents are so hot for the new Torchy's Tacos, they've been lining up out the door since the opening in November...."
"...Austinites bemoaned the loss of a 40-year-old iconic burger joint when the Junk family didn't renew a more expensive lease on the original Fran's Hamburgers location on South Congress in 2013. We've learned the rapidly expanding Torchy's Tacos chain has leased the prime SoCo property for the flagship of their next generation of restaurants...."
"...Catellus Development announced today that the fast-growing local chain, Torchy's Tacos, will open its 11th area outlet in the Mueller Market District in the summer of 2014...."
"...Rapidly expanding local taco giant, Torchy's Tacos, signed a lease on the prime corner property at 1822 S. Congress when the Junk family declined to renew the Fran's Hamburgers lease in 2013..."
"...Put out a good product and come up with catchy names to draw people in. Make them stop and go, 'wow! Cool!' Look at Torchy's..."
"...The Extra-Trashy Trailer Park Taco at Torchy's Tacos When Torchy's opened a few years ago, it set a high bar for Austin-tatious tastes. Its Trailer Park taco is fried chicken strips, green chilies, lettuce, and pico de gallo..."
"...That leaves plenty more work for this week, including those afternoon and evening public hearings, Items 53-59. Sparks might fly over proposed higher gas rates (Item 53), the "Vision Zero Action Plan" (54, with the worthy and national goal of eliminating traffic fatalities, which engendered a highly abstract work session debate over whether "Zero" is just too ambitious), and two requests (55 and 56) for restaurant waivers of the 300-foot rule (from public schools) for alcohol sales (Torchy's Tacos on South Congress, and Austin Pizza Garden on Hwy..."
"...A longtime Downtown favorite for tapas and Mediterranean-style cuisine, Louie's 106 makes its ACL debut with cool, light fare for the Austin heat: penne pasta salads with three choices of toppings; primavera (all veggie), pulled Jamaican jerk pork, or grilled chicken. Torchy's Damn Good Tacos..."
"...So, what is it about Austin that makes it a good proving ground for homegrown restaurant chains? Do we take proprietary pride in eateries that come to life in our own backyard? Or is it just that our culinary creative class turns out special ideas and we appreciate a job well done and support it with our dining-out dollars? Austin's rapidly evolving culinary scene is busy generating successful chain restaurants in the same market that embraces quirky food trucks, artisan barbecue joints, and high-profile fine dining. We talked with the owners of two of the fastest growing chains – one a classically trained chef with a passion for food, the others, two savvy young businessmen with a salable idea – to get an idea of what it takes to get a successful Austin chain off the ground. Truckin': The Torchy's Model..."
"...In a town glutted with enough tortillas to resod the Zilker lawn, it takes a bit of audaciousness to enter the taco game. It takes extra stones to set up shop near Torchy's Tacos and the upcoming Crestview Tacodeli..."
"...I think fans should start with some barbecue for the first four or five episodes. For the Torchy's contest in episode five, I think they should move on to some of their delicious queso..."
"...Today, having participated (eagerly if not always triumphantly) in many such culinary battles, he's the fourth most-followed competitive eater on all of Twitter. Also, the popular gastrojock, whose impassioned cries of "USA! USA!" break any extended silence the way Julia Child broke quails' eggs, is a frequent spokes-eater for Torchy's Tacos, Micklethwait Craft Meats, and East Side King, so we teamed up with those fine kitchens to provide a sort of style guide for readers online, a photo gallery in which Chronicle photographer John Anderson captures Hungry Todd Rungy vividly demonstrating "How to Look Good While Eating Anything." Check it out at austinchronicle.com/photos...."
"...Most notably, the plan would eliminate parallel parking along Guadalupe, create fully separated bike lanes in both directions, plus transit-only lanes both ways, from MLK to 29th Street, and one car lane in each direction. Under the preferred "Modified – Scenario 1," bike routes would bypass the dodgy section north of 27th Street (around Dirty's and Torchy's Tacos), going down Nueces to 25th, and up Hemphill to 29th..."
"...It's not as if Austin is suspicious of chains. One has only to look at the storybook success of Torchy's, Tacodeli, Hopdoddy, P..."