tacos http://kut.org en PHOTOS: After 34 Years, Austin's Tamale House Closes http://kut.org/post/photos-after-34-years-austins-tamale-house-closes <p>Customers lined up today for their last taste of tacos from Tamale House #3 on Airport Boulevard. Owner Robert "Bobby" Vasquez died last week, and the restaurant announced <a href="https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1442499652664275&amp;id=1400522703528637&amp;stream_ref=10">on Facebook</a> it would close the location after 36 years. <a href="https://twitter.com/TamaleHouseEast">Tamale House East</a> on East 6<sup>th</sup> St. will remain open.</p><p>"Everybody misses the place," said Connie Salazar, the long-time companion of Vasquez. "I'm going to miss him too."</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 00:21:19 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10374 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: After 34 Years, Austin's Tamale House Closes Fun Fun Fun Fest: Staying True To Its Roots http://kut.org/post/fun-fun-fun-fest-staying-true-its-roots <p>Fun Fun Fun Fest kicks off as at Auditorium Shores starting today.</p><p>The <a href="http://funfunfunfest.com/" target="_self">festival began eight years ago</a> as a small music showcase in downtown Austin. Since then, it’s become one of the top independent festivals for music lovers. Known for its relaxed and creative atmosphere, the festival now includes comedy, action sports <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q25eDkiFHu8" target="_self">and flying tacos</a>.</p><p>Given all it takes to put on a music festival, you wouldn’t expect as much laughter and humor from festival organizers, <a href="http://transmissionevents.com/" target="_self">Transmission Events</a>, this close to their event. But the vibe over at the temporary small east Austin office was anything but serious. It’s clear that fest creators like to have, well, fun.</p><p>“We had half-pipe diaper changing stations last year,” says Transmission and Fun Fun Fun Fest co-founder, James Moody. “They are all miniature half pipes. One time we tried to run the stats about how many black t-shirts are at our fest. I would say it’s 65 percent more than that of ACL Fest. I don’t know what it means but I know it’s true [laughing]. So, we could sit here for an hour and talk about all those little differences&nbsp;–&nbsp;it’s one <em>big</em> difference if you roll them all up.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/119085840" width="100%"></iframe> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 9140 at http://kut.org Fun Fun Fun Fest: Staying True To Its Roots Torchy's Secret Taco Menu, Revealed http://kut.org/post/revealed-torchys-secret-taco-menu <p></p><p><a href="http://www.torchystacos.com/">Torchy’s&nbsp;Tacos</a> has been keeping Austinites fed since 2004. Back then, they had little more than a trailer and some taco fixings. Now, Torchy’s has opened locations in both Dallas and Houston, and is literally slinging tacos&nbsp;<a href="http://dailytexanonline.com/life-and-arts/2012/10/31/torchys-launches-taco-cannon-for-fun-fun-fun-fest">with its famous Taco Cannon</a>.</p><p>But despite statewide success,&nbsp;Torchy's&nbsp;is still keeping secrets.</p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 19:25:00 +0000 Andrew Weber 6746 at http://kut.org Torchy's Secret Taco Menu, Revealed Torchy’s Tacos Opening In Houston http://kut.org/post/torchy%E2%80%99s-tacos-opening-houston <p>Soon Houstonites will be able to eat a green chile pork or fried chicken taco without having to drive down I-10. That&rsquo;s because Torchy&rsquo;s Tacos, which started as a food truck and expanded to nine locations in Austin, is now heading to H-Town.</p><p>&ldquo;Houston, we have a store opening!&rdquo; Torchy&rsquo;s wrote <a href="http://torchystacos.com/">on its website</a>. &ldquo;We&#39;ve made a deal with the devil and the doors are set to open in December.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 20:33:41 +0000 Nathan Bernier 3027 at http://kut.org Torchy’s Tacos Opening In Houston