Austintes love P. Terry’s and they definitely love tacos. So much so that Taco Ranch, the new fast-casual, drive-thru Tex-Mex concept from Patrick Terry has been completely overwhelmed with business in its first week.
After selling out of food and announcing early closures the first couple of days, Terry has decided to scale back on the hours at Taco Ranch until they can get a handle on the demand.
Therefore, until further notice, the hours of Taco Ranch, which is located in a former Burger King at MoPac Boulevard and U.S. 290 (5033 U.S. 290 W.), are as follows:
6 a.m to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Update: Taco Ranch will be closed on Sundays until further notice.
Austin chef Amanda Rockman beat Bobby Flay. The native Texan who serves as the corporate executive pastry chef for New Waterloo (Sway, Le Politique, South Congress Hotel, et al) took it to the celebrity chef on Thursday night’s episode of the 14th seasons of the Food Network show “Beat Bobby Flay.”
Rockman, a former James Beard award semifinalist who previously worked in top Chicago restaurants L2O and Nico Osteria, disposed of chef Vicki Wells before taking down the Iron Chef. Following show rules, Rockman created a signature dessert of her choice, and conquered Flay with her tiramisu. The Italian dessert, made with caramel crémeux, marsala mousse, lady finger coffee streusel, white coffee foam, appears on the menu at Café No Sé in the South Congress Hotel.
“It was an honor to have the opportunity to go up against an Iron Chef, but it was a real challenge to keep composure at times – sometimes I wanted to freak out and other times I just wanted to die laughing,” Rockman said. “Really a great experience overall.”
Update: “I’ve never seen anything like it.” Patrick Terry joked that he should have been in the taco business all along. The owner of Taco Ranch said they have pretty much sold out of food and will close for the day at 4 p.m. He estimates they probably sold about 2,500 tacos in the first 9 hours of their soft opening. The restaurant will re-open tomorrow at 6 a.m.
The restaurant, located in a former Burger King at MoPac Boulevard and U.S. 290 (5033 U.S. 290 W.), opened softly this morning, and I imagine the lines of cars are already forming. Terry is keeping the menu simple serving tacos, chalupas, burritos, quesadillas and taco salads, and topping and filling them with homemade salsas, all-natural chicken, beef, homemade chorizo and veggies, and serving them with homemade flour and corn tortillas. Taco Ranch serves several breakfast tacos, cinnamon rolls and coffee cake in the morning.
Taco Ranch is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. The restaurant offers drive-thru and sit down service and will eventually be serving beers and sangria-based margaritas. Terry says the restaurant will celebrate its Grand Opening on February 1.
Oh, and a wise word of advice from some dude on Twitter …
PSA: Whether it’s a full-service restaurant, a fast-casual operation or a food hall, early days and weeks are very tough operationally in the food-service business. Keep that in mind when you visit @pterrys Taco Ranch & @faregroundatx & adjust your damn expectations accordingly.
Veggie Heaven owner Stacy Chen has opened her second concept,Yoshi Ramen, at 3320 Harmon Ave (near Hancock Park). The restaurant was inspired by her grandmother’s ramen shop in Osaka, and serves vegetarian, vegan and meat-based ramens.
Yoshi Ramen is initially serving a limited menu that includes crispy bao sliders, gyoza and pork fry rolls, along with the various ramen. The menu will eventually expand to include rice bowls and a Yoshi burger. Yoshi also serves matcha desserts and offers beer and champagne cocktails.