Looks like Torchy’s Tacos won’t be serving alcohol from its flagship store on South Congress anytime soon. The taco chain decided to pull its liquor license waiver during today’s city council meeting. It still plans on revisiting filing the waiver in the future. A rep for the company told Eater:
Torchy’s has decided to temporarily withdraw the City of Austin waiver request. Many of our supporters believed there would be a postponement today, because we are still talking to stakeholders in the community on a potential compromise. We look forward to continuing these current discussions, and will update the community when we refile our waiver. We fully intend to go through the appropriate notification process and we remain committed to being a good neighbor to the South Congress area.
The South Congress restaurant debuted in January without the promised full bar because of the zoning issue with neighbor Fulmore Middle School. Torchy's Mueller location, which opened in November 14, features a full bar.
Similarly, Taco Bell successfully received permission from the city council to sell liquor at its impending campus location.