Dallas gas station famous for tacos opens new location with in-house beer bar

By Teresa Gubbins @ https://dallas.culturemap.com/

A Dallas gas station famous for its tacos is opening a new location that comes with tacos and a whole lot more: Fuel City, which has earned national attention for being one of the first gas stations to have an in-house taqueria, will open a location in Wylie, at 1800 N. SH-78.
This is the eighth location for what has become growing chain, but it will be the first Fuel City to feature an in-house beer bar, with 20 beers on tap, along with the option to get beer to go in growler or crowler formats.
According to company CEO Joseph Bickman, the facility will open at the end of December.
Fuel City was founded in 1995 by entrepreneur (and Bickman’s father-in-law) John Benda, who opened the original location off I-35 near downtown Dallas.
Located just up the street from the Grassy Knoll, the station became its own tourist landmark thanks to its fun Texana milieu that included live animals on the premises including longhorn cattle.
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Mony’s Tacos Now Serving Dinner & Drinks

By Rebecca Horrigan @https://www.independent.com/

In 2013, Mony’s became the Funk Zone’s go-to spot for hungry folks craving home-cooked authentic Mexican dishes created by Monica “Mony” Diaz. A native of Colima, Mexico, where she started cooking as a child, Diaz brought her handcrafted seasonings and family recipes to Santa Barbara first in a popular food truck and then to their hole-in-the-wall joint on Anacapa Street, around the corner from the neighborhood’s many tasting rooms.
“We try to bring to the menu comfort food that can transport you back to your abuela’s kitchen or introduce you to a cuisine that is often overlooked,” explained Mony’s son Carlos Diaz, the operations manager. “Mony herself has been cooking for the past 20 plus years, but she takes a lot of her recipes from all the women in her life, like her mother, Alida, and mother-in-law, Genoveva, who have passed on the recipes from their families on to her.”
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Snag a Free Vampiro Taco in Honor of Friday the 13th Week

By Alysia Gray Painter – https://www.nbclosangeles.com/

When we turn the page on a fresh calendar, a number of questions might quickly occur to us in speedy succession.
When are the year’s full moons? (We’ve already enjoyed a bright lunar show this year.) Is there an extra day in 2023? (There is not.)
And when should we expect Friday the 13th to show up?
We won’t have to wait too long for the answer to that final question: The year’s first Friday the 13th — there are two in 2023 — is happening in January.

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Texas-based Torchy’s brings its “Damn Good Tacos” to Richmond next week with free tacos

By Sean Jones – https://richmond.com/

The popular Austin, Texas-based Torchy’s Tacos is set to open its first Richmond location next week in Short Pump.
The rapidly expanding craft-casual chain first opened in Virginia last month, and has several upcoming spots planned in the Richmond area, opening this year.
The 11130 W. Broad St. location has a 4,020-square-foot dining room coupled with an outdoor patio.
The restaurant and bar’s self-proclaimed “Damn Good Tacos” creatively feature new combinations with its ever-changing Taco of the Month. It also has breakfast tacos served all day long, freshly squeezed and hand-shaken margaritas and local brews.

This restaurant started as a Mexican beach-side taco stand in a $3,000 VW bus—soon, it could come to a block near you

By Tom Huddleston Jr. – https://www.cnbc.com/

In 2006, Dario Wolos was selling tacos out of a converted Volkswagen van in the Mexican beach town Playa del Carmen.

The food truck, called Tacombi, has come a long way since then. Today, it’s a fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain with 15 locations across New York, Miami and Washington, D.C. It has $27.5 million in funding from Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer’s investment fund, fueling a rapid expansion plan across the U.S. — Shake Shack-style — to 75 total locations by 2026.

That’s a far cry from Tacombi’s beach days, which started when Wolos bought his 1963 green VW “bus” in Mexico City for $3,000. Wolos converted the van into a mobile restaurant where he sold his first tacos, he told Total Food Service in November.

Chef specializing in birria tacos moves into Miamisburg

By Natalie Jones

Taco Tuesday just got a whole lot better in downtown Miamisburg. A new chef cooking up birria tacos, salmon cheesesteak and much more has moved into The Vault Event Center.

More Than A Apron LLC, owned by Darion Lewis, recently signed a lease to sell and cook food at the event center, located at 23 E. Central Avenue.

Lewis told Dayton.com he has always enjoyed cooking because food brings people together. He said his passion for cooking first started at 14 or 15 years old when his father taught him how to cook at their home in West Dayton.

“I just loved cooking and I never looked back,” Lewis said.

Lewis was previously a travel consultant in the medical industry, but when the coronavirus pandemic hit, he lost his job. He said his family and friends encouraged him to start selling food and once he started cooking birria tacos, his business went “crazy.”

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