If you’ve driven by the corner of Lamar Boulevard and Riverside Drive, you’ve noticed the long-standing Taco Cabana is no more. Well, one of its walls still exists. That’s because parent company Fiesta Restaurant Group is going to open a location of its Pollo Tropical on the property.
Construction should begin soon on the new building, as it’s slated to open at the end of July. The fast-casual restaurant serves Caribbean-inspired dishes like roasted chicken, grilled shrimp wraps and sweet Caribbean ribs. Check out the menu here. The restaurant at 211 S. Lamar Blvd. will be the first Austin-area location for the restaurant that has multiple locations in and around Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, as well as other states across the country.
The property is co-owned by Texas Longhorn legend Huston Street. The Austin native currently pitches for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Street had originally planned a residential complex on the site, but decided he didn’t want to rush into development right now.
“I see the property as extremely cool and want to do the city justice by developing something that long term will result in not only the highest and best use for my financial desires, but also to create a really cool space for the city,” Street said in an email.
The Westlake High School graduate and former all-American relief pitcher is still deciding what to eventually do with the land and will marry that “with what the city desires and is willing to allow.”
“I’m 32 years-old and desire to be heavily involved in real-estate, exclusively in Austin, for the remainder of my life after baseball, and slow and steady is the pace for this project,” Street said.
Before Street purchased the property, a Dallas-based development group and Los Angeles-based investment group were teaming to build a 96-foot mixed-use tower with luxury residences and ground-level retail. That project required a zoning change (increasing the allowed height from 60 feet to 96 feet) from the city council in 2013.