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District Taco to Open First Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant

by ARLnow.com July 15, 2010 at 2:59 pm 4,580 10 Comments

What started out as a tiny taco cart is expanding to a full-fledged brick-and-mortar restaurant. District Taco announced today that they are taking over the space formerly occupied by Restaurant Vero at 5723 Lee Highway.

Owner Osiris Hoil says the fast food-style restaurant will be casual and family-oriented, with a front counter and plenty of tables. Since the storefront already has a full kitchen and other restaurant necessities, Hoil hopes to open the place as soon as September 1. (Update on 10/14: The opening is now said to be set for the first week in November.)

The larger kitchen will supply the District Taco stand with greater quantities of fresher ingredients, Hoil said. The stand has been a victim of it’s own success recently, running out of food just about every day.

The kitchen will also allow Hoil to show off some of his culinary prowess. Expect to see some of the periodic specials at the stand — ceviche, burritos, carne asade — become staples at the restaurant.

One notable omission from the menu, at least at first, will be cervezas. Hoil says he’ll probably wait about a year to start serving beer. Also, don’t expect to be able to order fish tacos any time soon — Hoil’s not a fan.

“I don’t serve anything I don’t like,” he said.

Asked how he felt about taking the plunge into the restaurant world, Hoil said he was looking forward to having a storefront to call his own.

“It’s the American dream, you know, and it’s coming true,” Hoil said. “I feel great.”

Update on 8/31 — The opening date has been pushed back to October 1.

  • This is the best news I’ve heard all day.

    • Ditto


  • Mike

    Si se puede!

  • Anthony

    Not a great location, no foot traffic. But good luck!

  • Sarah

    Orale! Congrats to them for being able to open a storefront so soon. I loooove my some District Taco!

  • Jeff

    Awesome news! District Taco rocks. I’ll be among the first in line.

  • Jon

    Sooo looking forward to this!

  • Andrew

    I have tried this location and it gets two thumbs down. The food is no where near the quality you pay for and the service is absolutely horrendous. The line took 10 minutes for about four people and waiting for three tacos took another 15 minutes. They took my name for ordering purposes and yell the order number for pick-up which is an undesignated area… confusing and what was the point of taking my name? The dine-in ambiance is less than amusing. Overall, this place is poorly run and doesn’t deserve another visit.

    • Osiris

      Sorry Andrew for your bad experience at District Taco. We still getting adjust it and making improvements. Next time if you don’t like something just let us know and we’ll fix it. I’m new in this kind of industry and we are doing our best and always want to improve.

      Thanks for coming.

      District Taco

  • Tom

    Wish the corn tortillas were a little more corny and the beans were not canned ($3 for canned bean side?) Otherwise this is a good new place. Good salsas, excellent carnitas. Could use some real mexican white cheese too. You don’t have to totally corrupt your menu to American tastes.


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