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Chain Gangs
Torchy's Tacos and Verts Kebap: two case studies in culinary expansion
"...Austin, Virginia native and Johnson & Wales culinary graduate Michael Rypka had a pretty high-powered career as a corporate..."

March 28, 2014 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

Taco Wars
Three homegrown chains thrive on the competition
"...Tacodeli, the rise and expansion of Torchy's seems rocket-propelled. Michael Rypka started Torchy's with a partner just four years..."

Nov. 5, 2010 Food Feature by Rachel Feit

New menus, new arrivals, new ventures, and other news
"...Zen menus developed in consultation with Torchy's Tacos chef/owner Michael Rypka. "We decided it was time to add some..."

Nov. 19, 2010 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Bringing the Heat
A devotion to cooking pervades the mentality of many of the 200-plus contestants who enter each year
"...Michael Rypka should know all about that. He's a longtime..."

Aug. 27, 2010 Food Feature by Rachel Feit

Around town, with an appetite
"...recently relocated Torchy's Tacos (1207 S. First, 366-0537): Owners Michael Rypka and Bill Roberts moved their spiffy portable operation..."

Nov. 17, 2006 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

The 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival Winners
Past winners
"...Other: 1) J.P. Hayes; 2) Michael Walters (Galveston); 3) Sharon Campabello..."

Aug. 24, 2007 Food Feature

The 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival Winners
"...Other: 1) J.P. Hayes; 2) Michael Walters (Galveston); 3) Sharon Campabello..."

Aug. 25, 2006 Food Feature

Torchy's and the case of the purloined Taco Bible
"...everyone in Austin is familiar with Torchy's Tacos; chef Michael Rypka's homegrown business started with one food truck in..."

Nov. 8, 2013 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

We picked up lots of newsy tidbits at last weekend's Austin Food & Wine Festival
"...the James Beard Foundation Cookbook Awards... Torchy's Tacos founder Michael Rypka told us that die-hard Andrew Zimmern fans braved..."

May 3, 2013 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

"...Calvo, Matt Morris, Susan McClendon, Jesse Padilla, Debbi Tucker, Michael Rypka, Eric Blanton (Houston), Lia Austin, Lance Brauckman, Scott..."

Aug. 29, 2003 Food Feature

Torchy's Tacos Headed to Mueller Market
11th outlet of devilish homegrown chain will have tacos & firewater
" created in a previously undeveloped space. Torchy's owner Michael Rypka has made a great success of re-purposing existing..."

Oct. 16, 2013 Food Post by Virginia B. Wood

The 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival Winners: 1991-2004
"...Other: 1) J.P. Hayes; 2) Michael Walters (Galveston); 3) Sharon Campabello..."

Aug. 26, 2005 Food Feature

23rd Annual 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival
August 25, 2013. 35 photos.
"...Restaurant special variety winner Michael Rypka (right) from Torchy's Tacos with festival cofounder and..."

Aug. 26, 2013 Photo Gallery

19th Annual 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Contest
If you didn't make it to the fest to sample salsas, take this list of winners to the grocery store
"...2nd Place: Michael Hutchinson*..."

Sept. 4, 2009 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

Salsa Town
Meet Austin's civic leaders in mouth burn

Aug. 23, 2013 Food Feature

Winning piemakers, new restaurant openings, and more
" such a big hit in Southwest Austin, owner Michael Rypka plans to expand the outdoor seating with a..."

Jan. 22, 2010 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Shuggie's melts into the past while other local food businesses try to accommodate Austinites in the heat
"...announcing the demise of Shuggie's really was hilarious. Chef Michael Rypka's innovative outdoor burger joint was part of the..."

July 17, 2009 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Torchy's Tacos expands yet again, and Z'Tejas serves up green chile dishes for charity
"...of us who aren't neighborhood loft dwellers... Taco entrepreneur Michael Rypka presented his newest concept last weekend with the..."

Sept. 5, 2008 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

A new Torchy's Taco complete with seating and Little Nookies, Quack's political cookies, and more gooey food news
"...picnic tables outside for al fresco dining. Torchy's chef/owner Michael Rypka and his staff served up "damn good tacos"..."

Feb. 29, 2008 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Trial by Fire
The 14th annual 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival results and winners
"...awarded to brand-new faces. This year's repeaters were chef Michael Rypka (now with the Boatyard), who garnered an honorable..."

Sept. 3, 2004 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

Hotly Anticipated
The 12th annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival Contest results are here!
"...Honorable Mentions: Ron Schmidt, Susan McCartney, Brigid Larson, Michael Rypka..."

Aug. 30, 2002 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

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