Thirty-five years ago, Taco Cabana opened its first restaurant in Midtown San Antonio. This weekend, that original location will be the center of attention as Taco Cabana celebrates 35 years as the Original Mexican Patio Cafe and the grand re-opening of its newly remodeled first location. To commemorate the milestone, Taco Cabana will offer fans its signature bean and cheese taco at a special throwback price.
All day this Saturday and Sunday, fans can celebrate 35 years of TC with a bean and cheese taco for only .35-cents. The classic menu item includes made-from-scratch beans cooked daily in the TC kitchens and served in a fresh, warm flour tortilla with melted cheddar cheese. The .35-cent special is available at all Taco Cabana restaurants. (Limit six per transaction per visit. Not valid with any other offers or discounts.)
Guests are welcome to top off their bean and cheese taco at Taco Cabana’s complimentary salsa bar, where choices include a variety of made fresh salsas, as well as jalapenos, chopped onions and fresh cut limes.
“Taco Cabana’s founder hit on the idea of selling simple Mexican fare with everything made fresh, including pots of rice and beans simmering on the stove in the TC kitchen, freshly made flour tortillas, and salsa prepared daily,” said Todd Coerver, Chief Operating Officer at Taco Cabana. “We know how popular our classic bean and cheese tacos have become over 35 years, so we wanted to offer our guests the menu favorite at a throwback price. We’re excited to say thank you for 35 years of business with this special.”
To further commemorate the milestone, Taco Cabana recently began restoring its very first restaurant, located in the historic Monte Vista neighborhood in San Antonio. On Saturday, Sept. 21, the restoration culminates with a special grand re-opening fiesta event where the family of Taco Cabana’s founder, Felix Stehling, will be in attendance.
The newly restored restaurant features an updated building exterior and property, and includes retro signage and awnings to reflect the exterior of the restaurant as it appeared back in 1978. The interior is redecorated as well and features an exhibit wall celebrating the origin of Taco Cabana and its very first restaurant.
“Our inspiration for the restoration comes from accurately reflecting the restaurant as it looked and felt in 1978 – from the restaurant decor inside and out, to the retro awnings and signage,” Coerver added. “We want our guests to be able to enjoy our authentic and affordable food in a fresh environment that blends 1978 and today for a unique dining experience.”
The newly remodeled first Taco Cabana is located at 3310 San Pedro Ave. in San Antonio.
Taco Cabana restaurants, part of Fiesta Restaurant Group, serve fresh, handmade Mexican food, including sizzling fajitas, quesadillas, hand rolled flautas, enchiladas, burritos, tacos, fresh-made flour tortillas, a selection of “made from scratch” salsas and sauces, frozen margaritas and beer. Most menu items are handmade daily in each restaurant, which feature open display cooking, including fajitas cooking on an open-flame grill and a machine making fresh tortillas. Taco Cabana restaurants feature interior, semi-enclosed and patio dining areas, which provide a vibrant decor and relaxing atmosphere. Additionally, Taco Cabana restaurants provide guests the option of take-out, as well as the convenience of drive-thru windows. Taco Cabana operates 165 restaurants.