Update: Papalote on South Congress Avenue is now open.
Papalote Taco House is slated to open later today at 3632 S. Congress Ave. It will be the third taqueria of that name opened by brothers Sergio and Erica Varela, natives of Tejupilco, Mexico, who got their start in the service industry in Austin working as bussers at places like Granite Cafe and Mezaluna. The taco shop, which features street tacos inspired by their childhood, like mushrooms and hominy and shredded pork loin covered in mole pipian, serves the same menu as the original on South Lamar Boulevard and the second location at 13219 N. US 183. The new location offers much more indoor seating than the original and covered patio dining, sharing space with their barbecue truck, Twelve Bones BBQ. Papalote South Congress is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The Varela family also owns Azul Tequila locations in South and North Austin.
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