Torchy’s Tacos comes to San Marcos

Assistant Lifestyle Editor

Torchy’s Tacos has officially come to San Marcos.

What began as a small food trailer in Austin is now a bustling chain with 30 locations throughout Texas. The restaurant, which opens Feb. 17, takes the former place of the United States Postal Office on Guadalupe Street.

“This location is a little bit different because it is taking over a historical building, which I think is a really cool opportunity for us because it provides a very interesting and unique entrance into the community,” said Brittany Platt, director of marketing.

The restaurant will host a public preview event Feb. 16. The event will run from 6-9 p.m., and those in attendance can enjoy two free tacos and two free drinks of their choosing as well as a salsa bar with all-you-can-eat green chile queso and guacamole.

“The preview event is open to the public as a way to say thanks and to show people that we are here and what we’re all about,” Platt said. “A lot of times people have not had the chance to experience our product, so this is a way for us to give people an open invitation to come and really get the full experience of Torchy’s.”

Nathan Glowacki, general manager for the San Marcos location, said those planning to attend the event should arrive early.

“We call it a soft opening, but there is really nothing soft about it,” Glowacki said. “The line usually starts around 2 or 3 p.m., and then we let people in at 6 p.m., and it’s just kind of controlled chaos.”

Platt said guests dining in or getting food to go Feb. 17 can enjoy one complimentary breakfast taco from 7-10 a.m. to celebrate the restaurant's grand opening.

The 4,000-square-foot eatery will have full menu and bar options as well drink specials for every day of the week.

“Most of our new locations are built with full bars, which is a little bit different for those who have been with us since the very beginning,” Platt said. “We have the Firewater menu that has custom drinks, and a lot of those are featured as daily specials.”

Glowacki said the restaurant owners have wanted a location in San Marcos for quite some time.

“The vibe that San Marcos has fits our culture,” Glowacki said. “I know that they have looked at coming here in the past, but the location just didn’t come through, and then this spot became available, and it just worked perfectly with the vision our owners have.”

Bill Medina, public administration junior, said he looks forward to having more dining options around campus.

“The more options there are, the better, and I think it is good for competition as well,” Medina said. “I’ve eaten at the San Antonio location by the Quarry, and I usually just go for whatever the Taco of the Month is because usually they are very different.”

Platt said people who have never eaten at the restaurant should anticipate an incredible food experience.

“What someone can expect who has never been to one of our locations before is really damn good food,” Platt said. “We don’t just say ‘damn good’ to be hot-button. It really is very unique pairings and combinations of tacos.”