Torchy's Tacos to open Heights location in historic Harolds building this month



The historic Harolds building in the Heights will transform into its next incarnation later this month when Austin-based Torchy's Tacos opens its 16th location at the site.

Torchy's is set to open at 350 W. 19th St. on Sept. 26 at 7 a.m., the company said in a Tuesday statement.

Unlike the Torchy's locations in River Oaks and Rice Village, the Heights location will offer a full bar of specialty cocktails and infused tequilas, the company said.

On opening day, the first 100 customers to become a member of Torchy's "Firewater Club" will get a custom glass that will grant them one dollar off of draft beer for life. Additionally, patrons arriving before 10 a.m. will be treated to a free breakfast taco of their choice, and every opening day customer will be invited to enter a raffle to win free tacos for a year.

Owner and chef Michael Rypka started Torchy's Tacos out of a mobile trailer in 2006. Torchy's also has locations in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Southlake and Allen.

Torchy's Tacos will be joined in the former Harolds building by The Heights General Store, an upscale neighborhood gourmet food market that will also have general merchandise to serve the community’s desire to shop local. Houston-based Braun Enterprises is set to open the store this fall.

Braun Enterprises purchased the property from the family of Harold Wiesenthal in September 2011, following the closing of Harolds after 61 years of business.

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