Tampa's Taco Bus to open a second spot — in St. Petersburg

"We already have it -- the Taco Bus has got to have a taco bus," said Valenzuela. "It'll be the same thing: lot of seating outside, as close as we can get it, with the same menu and same setup." He hopes to have the new spot open by November, but before then he plans to head to Mexico for an annual trip. This year, he was lucky enough to sign up for a class with Rick Bayless, the Chicago-based superstar of Mexican cuisine and winner of Top Chef Masters.

Just got off the phone with the enthusiastic Rene Valenzuela, owner of Tampa's iconic Taco Bus (or El Taconazo) and Taqueria Monterrey. He told me that he had just signed a lease for a space at 2320 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, just blocks from the Trop, which will be the site of the new Taco Bus 2.

"We get a lot of people writing emails asking 'when are you going to open one?'" said Valenzuela. "People make the drive 45 minutes here and 45 minutes back, it was time we opened one over there." The site is a former used car lot, which was key in his decision making, since it will allow Taco Bus 2 to have off-street parking.  And yes, there will be a bus.

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