By Amanda Rogers
Taco junkies will soon have a shorter drive. Torchy’s Tacosopens at 10 a.m. Wednesday at 1671 E. Broad St.
Mike Rypka founded Torchy’s in Austin in 2006, and the hasgrown his idea from a single food truck to more than 85 restaurants nationwide.Mansfield’s Torchy’s will be the 17th in the Metroplex.
“Mike Rypka, the founder, has been a stickler for qualityand the queso is the culmination of all the fresh ingredients in our kitchen,” explainedPhillip Whaley, market partner for the Tarrant County Torchy’s.
“The queso has created this cult-like following,” Whaleysaid. “People call it yellow gold.”
The Trailer Park Taco – fried chicken, chiles, lettuce, picode gallo, cheddar cheese and poblano on a flour tortilla – is a fan favorite,Whaley said, as are the Green Chile Pork Taco and the Baha Shrimp Taco. Therestaurant also has a full bar.
While all Torchy’s Tacos focus on freshness and customerservice, each location is a little different, Whaley said. The Mansfieldrestaurant is 4,500 square feet with a 1,005-square-foot patio, situated in TheShops at Broad on the northeast corner of the East Broad Street and U.S. 287 intersection.
“I think the patio design has made this one of the mostbeautiful Torchy’s we have,” Whaley said.
Although the Mansfield location doesn’t open until Wednesday,locals have been swarming since the Torchy’s sign went up.
“The community has already been knocking on our door duringtraining,” Whaley said.
The Mansfield Torchy’s will be open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 1 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m.-9p.m. Sunday.
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