Del Taco is setting its sights on Austin, Texas, as the next growth target in Texas as it continues its steady, fast-moving march through the state.
The popular Mexican quick-serve chain announced plans to open restaurants in Austin with the first one located at 1400 E. Whitestone Blvd., near the 183 Toll Road in Cedar Park, which is expected to open in November.
A second location in Round Rock will follow in early 2013.
The company is actively seeking Austin real estate options that meet its development requirements, including stand-alone buildings with room for a drive thru or in-line locations with multiple parking spots.
Del Taco has 15 locations throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and Houston, where it operates both franchise and company-owned locations. The new Austin restaurants will be company-owned.
Each Del Taco restaurant employs between 25–40 people.
“The big appetite that Texans have for Del Taco is matched by the friendly business climate in Texas,” says Paul Murphy, Del Taco CEO. “This is a winning combination for Del Taco, and also for our continually growing raving fan base. With these plans, we are excited to bring the taste of Del Taco to more communities in Texas.”
Murphy says Austin and surrounding communities are prime for Del Taco’s quality and variety of food, value, and convenience.
Del Taco prepares all menu items to order using fresh ingredients including Cheddar cheese grated from 40-pound blocks; hand-made pico de gallo salsa; slow-cooked, lard-free beans; and marinated chicken grilled in the restaurant throughout the day.
Del Taco’s menu features popular Mexican items including tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and nachos, as well as American favorites such as cooked-to-order burgers, crinkle cut fries, and handmade shakes. Del Taco locations in Texas also feature a salsa bar.