Excerpted from Orlando Sentinel story.
The Tampa-based Taco Bus restaurant is coming to Orlando after signing a lease for a restaurant near UCF.
The brick-and-mortar restaurant, not an actual bus, plans to open this fall at 11325 Unversity Blvd., near the intersection with Rouse Road. It’s a building formerly occupied by Pie Five.
Taco Bus has 10 locations in the Tampa area slinging tacos and other Mexican dishes including quesadillas and burritos with chicken, pork, beef and seafood fillings. It also serves light alcohol such as beer and sangria.
Taco Bus started as an actual mobile Mexican-food selling truck in 1996 before expanding to physical restaurants. And once a year all Taco Bus locations host a competition for competitors to wolf down a 2.5-pound “El Jefe Burrito” before their competitors for a chance win a championship belt and bragging rights.
“With its low-cost, high-value Mexican quick-service concept, Taco Bus’ first location in Orlando will offer customers an affordable fast-casual dining experience with the quality and value they deserve,” said Terrence Hart, senior director at Franklin Street’s Orlando office, the firm that represented the landlord in the deal. “East Orlando’s large residential and office worker populations and University Terrace’s location in a heavily-trafficked retail corridor along University Boulevard made it an ideal fit for them.”
The restaurant will go into a 2,484-square-foot space.
The area near UCF has been a hotspot for new restaurant concepts to the area with the first area locations for Huey Magoo’s and the area’s first Taco Bell Cantina restaurants.