For the first time in the history of the franchise, and much to the delight of Texas culinary arts students, Tacodeli will be expanding to Dallas. According to Dallas Magazine, the renowned Mexican restaurant will be expanding beyond its five locations in Austin by opening a new establishment in Dallas. While the restaurant chain has already experienced a great amount of success through a history that has spanned more nearly two decades, this move represents a great step for the restaurant as it will expose entirely new audiences to its taqueria-driven fare.
According to Culturemap Dallas, Tacodeli was founded in 1999 in Austin by then-aspiring chef and restaurant proprietor Roberto Espinosa. He has a knack for delivering unique flavors and colorful twists on a classic Mexican dishes, and has become known as one of the most respected taco chefs in all of Texas. Over the course of the 16 years that have followed, Tacodeli has expanded to boast five separate locations, but this will be its first move outside of Austin. While the restaurant has gained critical acclaim for its delicious food, it has also reverberated fondly with Texas residents and foodies given its commitment to local sourcing of ingredients.
The new Dallas location
It has been reported by multiple news outlets that Tacodeli will be setting up shop at the up and coming Sylvan Thirty development, which is located just off of the 1800 block of Sylvan Avenue. As of now, it has been indicated that the restaurant should be up and running as early as late spring 2015. The sixth location of the Mexican franchise will provide residents with a considerably eclectic menu, offering more than 40 different kinds of tacos in total, many of which are far from what you’d expect from your average taqueria. That said, there’s certainly going to a be a fair amount of stiff competition for Tacodeli, as Dallas is an area with no shortage of great Mexican food. It seems that Espinosa and his partner, Eric Wilkerson, aren’t too worried about their odds of success in the new city. In a press release, Espinosa indicated their excitement for the new opening:
“Dallas has a great taco culture, and we are excited to be a part of it. Also my business partner and co-owner, Eric Wilkerson, is from Dallas,” said Espinosa. “It’s particularly exciting to open one of our restaurants in his hometown, and we’re looking forward to serving our neighbors in West Dallas and Oak Cliff.”
Sylvan Thirty currently remains under initial construction, though several of the first businesses to occupy the development have already opened. With a location allowing for prime traffic off of Interstate 30, many have theorized that it very well may be the next hot food destination in the area. According to Dallas News, the development will feature at least three other restaurants in addition to Tacodeli and a grocery store.