Taco Ranch may have just opened, but owner P. Terry is ready to expand


You can almost see the lines forming now. Taco Ranch from P. Terry’s will open this summer in the former Taco Cabana space at 517 W. MLK Blvd. Patrick Terry says the restaurant will be open from breakfast through late night and feature a double drive-thru and the same menu as the South Austin location.

That first location of the fast-casual approach to Tex-Mex using the responsible sourcing that helped make P. Terry’s a hit opened to mild hysteria in January. The response was so great (3,000 tacos a day) that Taco Ranch had to shorten its hours, changing its closing time to 3 p.m. Terry says those hours should eventually expand in the coming months.

Though Terry, who has been invigorated and excited by the response to Taco Ranch, had originally said he only had one location in mind for Taco Ranch, when he came across the available space near campus, he said it felt like the perfect fit. Taco Cabana on MLK closed last summer. As for a third location of Taco Ranch, Terry says he has no current plans to expand beyond the first two.

Changes

When native Frenchman Sébastien Charbonneaux bought Little Barrel and Brown last year from the Botticelli brothers, he said he would keep the name but intended to bring a few French twists to the comfort menu under the guidance of French chef Cédric François.

After about six months, those plans changed, as the restaurant rebranded recently as August and Marcel, a Mediterranean-inspired bistro. The menu from François, who was the chef at Cafe Malta for two years, features salmon paté, an assortment of flatbreads, mussels, patatas bravas and cured anchovies. There are also some remnants of American comfort food with dishes like pulled pork sliders. The wine selection comprises mostly labels from Spain, France and Italy. Auguste and Marcel is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for happy hour and dinner and Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.

Now open

French restaurant Le Politique , which opened in the Northshore building downtown last year, has opened its adjacent patisserie.

The French bakery helped by New Waterloo corporate executive pastry chef Amanda Rockman and Le Politique pastry chef Alyssa Hurlstone serves an assortment of fresh-baked brioche, macarons, croissants, tarts and more. The bakery offers indoor and outdoor seating as well as take-out ordering and is open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.



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