Looks like Eater 38 Papalote Taco House is coming to South Congress for its third Austin location, as pointed out by some eagle-eyed tipsters. It’s setting up shop inside of Vietnamese restaurant Lulu B's, which closed last fall. Lulu B's "War is over, make love" mural is being painted over already.
Owners and brothers Sergio, Eric, and Eduardo Varela used the South Congress location to debut new barbecue trailer Twelve Bones BBQ over the summer. It seems like both the barbecue trailer and taco restaurant will run concurrently, if the sign is any indication. Eater reached out for more information, watch this space for updates.
Update, July 24, 11:46 a.m.: Aaron Ortega, a rep for Papalote told Eater that it's looking to open by the end of August. "The people on South Lamar love Papalote Taco House," he said, "so we wanted to extend that over to South Congress." The barbecue trailer will remain on the property "until we build enough business to need a physical location," he said.
Papalote is known for its excellent pastor tacos, as well as vegetarian ones, like the famous cauliflower. Twelve Bones focuses on burnt ends and the usual smoked meats array. It currently serves breakfast tacos, too.
Papalote opened on South Lamar in 2010, followed by its second location in Northwest Austin in June 2015. The Varela brothers also own Azul Tequila, which currently has two restaurants, the original on South Lamar, and second on Dry Creek Boulevard in north Austin.