Industry News | September 19, 2013

Taco Cabana Rings In 35 Years By Restoring Original Unit

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Thirty-five years ago, Taco Cabana opened its first restaurant in Midtown San Antonio. Soon, that original location will be the center of attention as Taco Cabana celebrates 35 years as the “Original Mexican Patio Café” and the grand re-opening of its newly remodeled first location.  

To commemorate the milestone, Taco Cabana will offer fans its signature bean and cheese taco at a special throwback price.

All day on Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22, fans can celebrate 35 years of Taco Cabana with a bean and cheese taco for only 35 cents. The classic menu item includes made-from-scratch beans cooked daily in the Taco Cabana kitchens and served in a fresh, warm flour tortilla with melted Cheddar cheese.

The 35-cent special is available at all Taco Cabana restaurants.

Guests are welcome to top off their bean and cheese taco at Taco Cabana’s complimentary salsa bar, where choices include a variety of made fresh salsas, as well as jalapenos, chopped onions, and fresh-cut limes.

“Taco Cabana’s founder hit on the idea of selling simple Mexican fare with everything made fresh, including pots of rice and beans simmering on the stove in the TC kitchen, freshly made flour tortillas, and salsa prepared daily,” says Todd Coerver, chief operating officer at Taco Cabana. “We know how popular our classic bean and cheese tacos have become over 35 years, so we wanted to offer our guests the menu favorite at a throwback price. We’re excited to say thank you for 35 years of business with this special.”

To further commemorate the milestone, Taco Cabana recently began restoring its very first restaurant, located in the historic Monte Vista neighborhood in San Antonio. On Saturday, September 21, the restoration culminates with a special grand re-opening fiesta event, where the family of Taco Cabana’s founder, Felix Stehling, will be in attendance.

The newly restored restaurant features an updated building exterior and property, and includes retro signage and awnings to reflect the exterior of the restaurant as it appeared back in 1978.

The interior is redecorated as well and features an exhibit wall celebrating the origin of Taco Cabana and its very first restaurant.

“Our inspiration for the restoration comes from accurately reflecting the restaurant as it looked and felt in 1978, from the restaurant décor inside and out to the retro awnings and signage,” Coerver says. “We want our guests to be able to enjoy our authentic and affordable food in a fresh environment that blends 1978 and today for a unique dining experience.”