I have attended quite a few restaurant openings in my time. I was one of the first customers to enter the Taco Bus USF location today for their Grand Opening. The new location looks great inside, they kept some things from the former Taqueria Monterrey, but added some fine Taco Bus finishes around the restaurant and cleared the right room so there is space for customers ordering take-out. There were plenty of familiar faces serving customers and the veterans helped to keep everything running smoothly during what will certainly be a busy first day on Fletcher Avenue as hungry USF students and Temple Terrace/Carrollwood residents pour in for a first-peek at the new Taco Bus USF.
Turning on the open light for the first time
The new location has plenty of new perks, such as beer specials and a 10% discount for USF students with valid identification. They honored their promise today. I will try their beer specials in a future visit. I ordered two tacos de carne asada and a horchata, which is my usual order choice at the other Taco Bus locations around town. The experienced service staff took orders in the line to speed up the process, something you will see happen quite frequently at the original Taco Bus on Hillsborough, which is regularly flooded with customers.
One of the first lines to inhabit the Taco Bus USF.
It wasn’t long before my tacos and drink arrived at my table. The tortillas were fresh and everything what I am used to having at the Taco Bus. I know it might be a little difficult in the future to keep up the consistency since they will likely be hiring new employees, but I was definitely happy that the familiar faces delivered the same great product on opening day here.
Several giveaway items were given to first-comers including a free t-shirt, bumper sticker, and keychain add-on. College students love free t-shirts so I am happy to be one of the first to own a Taco Bus t-shirt. The font was pretty cool as well.
The restaurant is sprinkled with plenty of Taco Bus art, which is a nice addition and this will certainly be a plus for students in the area. It would be cool if they added a community wall for posted up USF student contributions, just a suggestion :).
Customers dining for the first time at the new Taco Bus USF.
Yours truly in front of the new Taco Bus USF ordering counter.
Restaurant Name: Taco Bus
Address: 2320 E. Fletcher Ave. Tampa, FL 33613
Phone Number: (813) 977-6808