Torchy's Tacos Opening at 7 a.m. on December 7

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Christmas comes early this year for fans of the Austin-based Torchy's Tacos. The Houston location is opening at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, December 7, in the former location of Greatfull Taco at 2411 S. Shepherd.

It's Torchy's first entry into the Houston market. The taco chain was founded by Michael Rypka in 2006 and now counts eight Austin locations and one Dallas location under its belt five years later. Long before the now-closed Greatfull Taco was wowing customers with its "gourmet" tacos, Torchy's pioneered the singularly Texan twist on the popular street food with creations like the Dirty Sanchez, with scrambled eggs, fried poblano chile, guacamole, escabeche carrots and shredded cheese.

Other favorites at Torchy's include the Fried Avocado taco with vegetarian refried beans and the Brush Fire with Jamaican jerk chicken, grilled jalapenos, mango, sour cream and cilantro. The chain has now expanded to also serve sides and desserts like a green chile-studded queso and deep-fried chocolate chip cookies with powdered sugar and cherries.

Torchy's has something in common with another Montrose restaurant that's opening soon: Uchi. Both are from Austin and both -- despite their out-of-town origins -- have a huge Houston following. Torchy's Tacos could potentially be the restaurant that finally breaks the curse at 2411 S. Shepherd after a string of failed restaurants in that location: Greatfull Taco, Sabetta, Cafe Zol and Crostini, just to name a few.

Hours at the Houston location will be the same as at other Torchy's, starting at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on the weekends. Longtime GM Forrest Harrell will be handling the operations here, giving Torchy's the advantage of [hopefully] running smoothly right from the start.

Want to attend the grand opening on December 6, before the public unveiling? Follow Torchy's blog for more information on how to win tickets to its "Texas-sized taco kickoff."

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