Brazilian Sao Paulo's Restaurante on San Jacinto is closing to make way for an expansion of its next door sister restaurant Taco Joint. After 15 years in business, Sao Paulo's last service will be Saturday, August 27.
Taco Joint has made a name for itself based on its handmade tortillas, salsas made fresh daily and breakfast tacos. The expansion allows for more counter seating and sit-down lunch service, which may address the lunchtime lines. Sao Paulo’s long happy hour is being carried over to Taco Joint, reports Culturemap.
Sao Paulo’s has been lauded for its authentic dishes from the pão de queijo (cheese bread) to bobó de camarão (a shrimp-based entrée with a tomato and coconut cream sauce). The menu features both Brazilian dishes and Tex-Mex classics—it earned a spot on Eater Austin’s amazing queso spots map. In addition to its lunch and dinner offerings, an extended happy hour from 2 to 7 p.m. and live music made it a favorite among students.
Taco Joint opened on San Jacinto Blvd. in 2012; general manager Lilia Valdez and chef/owner Melba Garcia added a second location on East Riverside Drive in May. Eater has reached out for more information; watch this space for updates.