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Torchy’s Tacos Opening In Houston

Torchy's fried avacado taco
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Torchy's fried avacado taco

Soon Houstonites will be able to eat a green chile pork or fried chicken taco without having to drive down I-10. That’s because Torchy’s Tacos, which started as a food truck and expanded to nine locations in Austin, is now heading to H-Town.

“Houston, we have a store opening!” Torchy’s wrote on its website. “We've made a deal with the devil and the doors are set to open in December.”

Torchy’s was founded by chef Mike Rypka in 2006. He has already expanded to Dallas and has thought about opening locations outside Texas.

“"If we go out of state, we'd go to the East Coast," Rypka told the Austin American-Statesman.  "I have a lot of contacts there. Our growth has been due to customer demand. Trailers are a good way to start, but not necessarily a good way to continue to grow.

Here’s a look at Torchy’s from VendrTV, a web-based show focused on trailer food:

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.