Austin Street Tacos is Up and Running!

4 Jun

Me working the cart with my daughter and her boyfriend who stopped by for lunch one day!

Howdy y’all! I thought it was high time to give you an update on my new food cart venture. I officially opened on Saturday, May 24th, just in time for the busy holiday weekend. The cart was open for lunch every day straight through Tuesday, and in between all that managed to have a lovely evening out with my parents visiting from Texas for my daughter’s 18th birthday.

I also managed not to have a complete melt-down when I accidentally dropped an entire 5-tray condiment bar upside down inside the cart, a mere 15 minutes before opening on my very first day.

In case you are wondering about the brace you see on me, after weeks of back pain and x-rays and an MRI, it was discovered I not only had one, but two fractures in my back! All from a sneezing/coughing allergy fit I had one day. Don’t ask me how, but I still managed to get open by the day I wanted to.

Oh, and here’s the almost final logo design and colors. I still have a few tweaks on it. I don’t have a high-rez copy of it either, but you get the gist. I sure stand out in the crowd! T-shirts and caps with the logo are coming soon, too.

Austin Street Tacos logo

Austin Street Tacos logo

I’m closed on Wednesday’s due to a long-standing Farmer’s Market in my location, for which there were no spaces left for me by the time I opened, but it’s a welcome mid-week break.

I also was able to work my first First Friday Art Walk, which is a huge evening event in my town each month and had a wonderfully successful night. I sold out of my bean and cheese tacos that night (perhaps the $2 price tag on those helped?) and went home at 10 pm, exhausted and exhilarated. I keep forgetting to ask someone to snap a photo when the cart gets busy, but it’s kind of hard to remember when you are in the thick of things. Some day I’ll remember!

I still plan on posting new recipes in the future, once I get the hang of the day-to-day running of the cart and prepping the food for it. Some days it’s by the seat of my pants when things go awry!

A huge thanks to all for still hanging with my while I got my new business up and running. You are all still an inspiration to me!

(Here’s a photo of my mom from Texas helping out in the cart one day just before we opened.)

My Texas mom helping out in the cart



84 Responses to “Austin Street Tacos is Up and Running!”

  1. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso June 4, 2017 at 8:30 am #

    Glad to hear you’re up and about! Good luck! πŸ™‚

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  2. Teagan Geneviene June 4, 2017 at 8:39 am #

    Congratulations, Kathryn! I’m so excited for you and I enjoyed hearing about the food cart venture. Love the green sign! A perfect shade of green.
    With the allergy/asthma issues I’ve been plagued with this year, I can easily imagine fractured bones from coughing! I’m so sorry you had to endure that. You’re a real trooper. Mega hugs.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger June 4, 2017 at 8:58 am #

      Thanks so much Teagan, luckily my allergies are short-lived where I live, we mainly have evergreens. Mega hugs back!

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  3. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser June 4, 2017 at 8:39 am #

    Terrific KR! Much success my friend. xoxoxo ccc

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  4. 1jaded1 June 4, 2017 at 8:44 am #

    Congrats! πŸ™‚ Sounds like a success already.

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  5. koolkosherkitchen June 4, 2017 at 9:38 am #

    Congratulations and the best of luck!

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  6. StefanGourmet June 4, 2017 at 9:39 am #

    Congrats! Great to see you’re open for business.

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  7. Elaine @ foodbod June 4, 2017 at 9:40 am #

    Huge congratulations!!! It all looks fab! Here’s to your continued success xx

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    • anotherfoodieblogger June 4, 2017 at 10:20 am #

      Thank you so much Elaine! And I’m in touch with a guy from Plant-Based Foods, he’s going to help me create a spicy veggie taco to offer!

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  8. spearfruit June 4, 2017 at 10:23 am #

    Kathryn, I am very excited for you and wish you the best of luck – I know you will have lots of success.

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  9. Jodi June 4, 2017 at 10:26 am #

    Sorry about your back but so excited about your truck!!!!

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  10. Conor Bofin June 4, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    Like I said elsewhere. Congratulations!!!!!!

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  11. Mad Dog June 4, 2017 at 10:59 am #

    Congratulations and good luck – I wish I could come and try the tacos πŸ™‚

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    • anotherfoodieblogger June 4, 2017 at 10:04 pm #

      Thank you Mad Dog, I sure wish I could have some of those fine lunches over there too! πŸ˜€


  12. Adam J. Holland June 4, 2017 at 11:32 am #

    This is awesome, and I love your logo. (Let me know when T-shirts are available. I’d like to order one.)

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  13. Kathleen (161 Days in Paradise) June 4, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

    I am so excited for you. So awesome that you got this up and running! I look forward to reading more about it ☺

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  14. Freda @ Aromatic essence June 4, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

    Congrats, Kathryn ! Good luck πŸ™‚

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  15. Gerlinde June 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm #

    Congratulations and good luck Kathryn, I wish I could taste your tacos.

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  16. Garfield Hug June 4, 2017 at 9:32 pm #

    Congrats on the opening of your taco stand. Stay healthy and happy with lines and lines of hungry customers. Take care😊

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  17. Bonnie Lyon June 4, 2017 at 9:38 pm #

    You go, Girl!!!!


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  18. lynne hoareau June 5, 2017 at 3:01 am #

    Yay ! congratulations. I am so proud of you for doing this venture. x

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  19. Lynz Real Cooking June 5, 2017 at 5:19 am #

    Congrats KR! I love the cart!

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  20. Fourth Generation Farmgirl June 5, 2017 at 9:41 am #

    How exciting, Kathryn! Congratulations! What an achievement, especially given your challenges. You just can’t keep a good woman down!! I’m happy you had a successful opening, and your cart and signage look fantastic! Love all your pics of your sweet family supporting your hard work! πŸ™‚πŸ’› xo

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  21. Michelle Williams June 5, 2017 at 11:05 am #

    Awesome! I am so proud of you. I am sorry to hear about your back. That sounds awful but the rest sounds great. And no success is had without the occasional meltdown.

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  22. June 5, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    Congrats and I love the logo and the shade of green you have used. I have been absent from the blogging world for almost 2 months as I have been downsizing, packing, moving and then of course unpacking. I can’t imagine it’s easy to be on your feet with a couple of back fractures – not good timing huh? Looks like you have support from your family! Good luck!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger June 6, 2017 at 9:56 pm #

      I was wondering where you went off to! Ugh, I hate moving, and we downsized big time last move. No fun, but liberating when it’s done! Best wishes to you too in your new abode!

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  23. Steve Smith June 6, 2017 at 8:16 am #

    Congratulations Kathryn (Caterina)! Still waiting for your snow ice cream recipe!

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  24. FrugalHausfrau June 7, 2017 at 12:48 am #

    I just knew you’d be a great success, and I’m so glad all is going so well despite your setbacks. Wow, that’s so strange about your back and I just can’t even imagine doing all that work…

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    • anotherfoodieblogger June 7, 2017 at 10:49 pm #

      Thanks Mollie! I’m almost three weeks in the brace now and I can tell my back is healing up good! No more pain and I can sleep through the night now.

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      • FrugalHausfrau June 8, 2017 at 11:21 pm #

        So glad to hear it! For me, it’s been my right shoulder/elbow. Had issues, but Chance, my lab is one year now and still tugging at the leash – I thinkhe’s been aggravating it. Had an EMG done today.

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      • anotherfoodieblogger June 9, 2017 at 8:39 am #

        I hope that turns out OK!

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  25. Karina Pinella June 7, 2017 at 9:59 am #

    Wow! Congrats on your opening. That’s crazy about sneezing or coughing your back out of whack. Looking forward to hearing more of your food cart adventures.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger June 7, 2017 at 10:51 pm #

      Thanks so much Karina! Once I get things down a bit smoother I hope to catch up more on reading my favorite blogs! xo

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  26. Smiling Notes June 8, 2017 at 8:57 am #

    Wow! That is super awesome! Congratulations πŸ™‚ Some day when we plan to travel to Austin, I would love to try out some of the yummy delicacies!

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  27. Linda June 8, 2017 at 9:50 am #

    Hey Kathryn!! Great job!! The logo looks great and you seem to be loving it! Congrats and best wishes for a BIG SUCCESS!! XOXO

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  28. fromthefamilytable June 9, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

    Every good wish for great and continuing success!

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  29. Sumith June 13, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

    Congratulations Kathryn. Wishing you all the success.

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  30. katzcloseup June 14, 2017 at 7:28 am #

    To eat an incredible lunch at your food truck – one more reason to visit Austin! Good luck and get strong- I love that mom is there to help man the fort.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger June 14, 2017 at 8:26 am #

      Thank you Katz, however I’m not in Austin! I used to live there and missed the tacos from there, so brought them up to Bend, Oregon! I appreciate you stopping by to comment. πŸ™‚


      • katzcloseup June 14, 2017 at 6:57 pm #

        Ha, got it. Well, I would love to go north from California to still taste your tacos, they look amazing. Hmmm, Bend is not that far when I consider the coming heat of summer here.

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      • anotherfoodieblogger June 14, 2017 at 8:37 pm #

        We haven’t seen summer yet here, but I hear it’s coming on Saturday, lol!


  31. D. Wallace Peach June 21, 2017 at 6:30 am #

    Yay! Other than dumping the condiments, it sounds like you’re having fun and the cart is a hit! I love it. What an adventure. And two back fractures from coughing and sneezing? Wow. I hope you’re healing up and any pain is disappearing. Have tons of fun, Kathryn, with your new venture. πŸ˜€

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    • anotherfoodieblogger June 21, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

      After four weeks in a back brace, my fractures are healed! Now I’m starting PT today to strengthen my back and stomach muscles. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

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  32. Marisa's Italian Kitchen June 25, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

    It sounds like your enjoying yourself Kathryn, mishap and all! I would never have thought possible to get a back fracture from coughing and sneezing but am glad to see your on the mend! Congratulations Kathryn πŸ’•πŸ˜˜

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  33. Lina July 4, 2017 at 3:55 am #

    The cart looks very cute! Good luck with you venture..good to know your having fun! Your mom seems to be having fun too!

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  34. Kristy Rhine July 12, 2017 at 8:08 pm #

    Your cart is so cute..looks inviting and I am sure your tacos are amazing! Good Luck!

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  35. Cooking For The Time Challenged July 24, 2017 at 2:00 am #

    What a great idea! Best wishes for continued success and good health!πŸ•Š

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  36. Ainsley Daschofsky September 26, 2017 at 7:48 am #

    Where is this First Friday Art Trail???

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    • anotherfoodieblogger September 27, 2017 at 11:52 am #

      It is in Bend, Oregon! My taco cart is not in Austin, it’s just named that. I’m a transplanted Longhorn missing the tacos here.



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