San Angelo food truck, Reyna's Tacos, has a new downtown location
SAN ANGELO – Inside what was once a 1930s gas station, there is now a bright home for a local taco truck.
Reyna's Tacos, which began in 2016, has moved several times. In 2017, they could be found in Sunset Mall. Now, they can be found in a restored building at 226 S. Abe St. serving up street tacos.
Owners Anna and Orlando Reyna dreamed of creating a place where they could share their passion for food and family. They began leasing the building as of September and have been working on renovations.
"We ran into this place a year ago and it wasn't the right time because there was no parking, it was in bad shape, it was going to take too much money to fix it, so we passed," Reyna said. "Three or four months ago I drove by and said 'oh my god it's completely remodeled, maybe I should call on it.'"
Further renovations are being made to create parking, a privacy fence, signage and more lights.
"We want it to feel very bright and up and very Hispanic," Anna Reyna said. "My husband and I are both very, very into our culture and our heritage."
This new location was chosen because it "felt like home" to the owners, who began in downtown San Angelo.
"I can't explain to you how many blessings we've had along the way in making this happen," Reyna said. "We just feel right at home here."
The goal of the new location is to allow for better comfort for customers. A set of garage doors will be able to open for nice weather days and there will be air conditioning and heating.
"We've noticed in the extreme weather months that business dies down because there's nowhere for our customers to sit or to enjoy their food or really even to wait in line because its just so cold or too hot," Reyna said. "We wanted to have a dining area and we thought this would be perfect."
Reyna's Tacos is maintaining its home-grown, made from scratch menu.
"We grind up the meat ourselves," Reyna said. "There's nothing purchased or frozen or microwaved or anything like that. We definitely put a lot of our own love and care into the food."
Food prices start at $7 for three street tacos and those tacos will continue to be made in the food truck.
A local artist was also brought in to create a spin on the biblical Last Supper, which her family has paintings of in their home dining rooms.
"It's traditional to have a picture of the Last Supper in the dining room," Reyna said. "When it's all said and done, Jesus is going to be holding a plate of our tacos and squeezing lime onto it."
Inx Garcia Davila, muralist and tattoo artist at Dreams Don't Die, was referred to Reyna and is creating the mural with spray cans.
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"He's just amazingly talented," Reyna said. "He really captured what we wanted. We're really looking forward to having the work done."
The food truck also will get a paint job.
"We're probably going to get the back of the truck painted and face it out to the street so that we can kind of put all the action in front of us," Reyna said.
Other additions to the building will include more lights and seating. The owners also hope to eventually pair tacos with beer. The alcohol permit process is expected to start in January, Reyna said.
They also will cater events, and hope to lease out the building for events in the future.
The food truck also has ties to Reyna's BBQ, which has been in business for 26 years. Orlando Reyna's father owns the barbecue restaurant.
"Our goal is to ... continue the legacy, but with our street tacos," Reyna said.
While this location is open, the truck will travel to Chadbourne Tavern and the Event Center at 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
"I venture to say there's usually a couple hundred people that come through every single weekend," Reyna said.
Learn more about Reyna's Tacos on Facebook at facebook.com/reynastacos/ or by calling 325-500-5379.
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