Popular Austin food truck Cuantos Tacos will now be found at a new location after moving to the Arbor Food Park at 1108 East 12th Street in Central East Austin from its previous address of 2967 Manor Road. It will debut at the new spot starting tomorrow, Thursday, June 25 at 5 p.m.
Cuantos owner Luis “Beto” Robledo opened the truck in September 2019, focusing on Mexico City-style tacos and quesadillas made with nixtamalized corn tortillas. Fillings spanned suadro, achete, buche, carnitas, longaniza, and mushrooms, with specials such as mollejitas (gizzards) and lengua. The truck often sells out of food, too.
Robledo’s family is from Matamoros, a city in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas just across the border from Brownsville, Texas. For Cuantos’s opening day, it’ll offer lengua and matamoros taco specials, the latter a nod to his family, consisting of bistec made with onions, cilantro, queso fresco, and avocado.
Cuantos had to move from Manor Road, a location at auto-repair shop Fast Eddie’s, because Robledo’s landlord Edward Banks (aka Mr. Eddie) was told by the property owner that the land is being sold and he had to vacate the premises by June 20. This was despite the shop already being in the middle of a lease and Banks saving up to eventually buy the property, as reported by Fox 7. Banks will still offer mechanic services, and he is open to the idea of reopening the shop somewhere else.
Robledo shared Banks’s story on social media when he explained why the truck was moving. “This situation has really ignited me into getting more involved in helping people that are born and raised in Austin,” he wrote, “or have come to make Austin their home for good, to have a better opportunity to getting accessible education on how to go about creating a business (especially in food service).”
Cuantos’s new East 12th Street location will feature seating, parking, and shade. It’ll eventually house Cuantos’s second, larger truck featuring a trompo, which means al pastor tacos is a future menu item.
When Cuantos’s bigger truck does make its debut, Robledo plans on moving the original smaller truck into a new location. He’s currently in the middle of working something out with forthcoming southeast Austin brewery Meanwhile Brewing at 3901 Promontory Point Drive whenever it does open.
Cuantos’s hours on East 12th Street will be from 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Its neighbors at the Arbor Food Park are coffee truck El Tigre and Baja-style taco truck Rosarito.
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This is our Friend Mr. Eddie he is our landlord, before we landed at this location when we first opened in September I had 4 other locations that fell through and was ready to give up and not go through with opening Cuantos at all, I was driving by one day and saw the open lot and gave Mr Eddie a call and right away was welcomed with open arms and support, Couldn’t be more thankful to have been able to do business with some one as honest, hard working and family oriented as Mr.Eddie. Unfortunately a week ago Mr. Eddie informed me that the Property owner is breaking his Lease and placed the Property up for sell, as he spoke to me about how this is the 3rd time this has happened to him he was still being Positive and resilient about the situation, and was given until the 20th of June to move. Being that we are both minorities born and raised in Austin we would converse about how much our City has changed, our communities getting bought out and how there are less and less Austin born & raised businesses owners. After the 20th of this month Mr. Eddie will be on the road and accepting calls for vehicle Mechanical repairs and more, Here is a Honest & Reliable mechanic that deserves all of the support. If your car needs repairs or are looking for a mechanic that can help examine a car before you purchase one he is the one to call here is his site https://fasteddiesautorepair.com/ and as mentioned he will be at the shop until the 20th of this month. As for us we will be having to move as well and will be having more details sometime next week, I apologize for any inconvenience this might bring and hope to see you wherever we are able to move to. This situation has really ignited me into getting more involved in helping people that are Born and raised in Austin or have come to make Austin there home for good to have a better opportunity to getting accessible education on how to go about creating a business(especially in food service) Being a First generation Mexicano focusing on People of Color, Hopefully In due time with relationships being built along the way we can create or help add to an existing program. I take the statement seriously and want to do my part in