Monday, February 19, 2018
South & Central Tampa News

Taco Bus opening fifth location in Brandon

BRANDON — It's perhaps Tampa's most famous restaurant, and now it's coming to Brandon.

Taco Bus, a Mexican restaurant that has become a Tampa institution in just 10 years, has been featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on Food Network and Adam Richman's Man Vs. Food on the Travel Channel.

Owner Rene Valenzuela said the fifth Taco Bus restaurant will open on Falkenburg Road just north of Adamo Drive in spring of 2013.

The Brandon location will be the largest of all the Taco Bus restaurants, with seating for about 100 people inside and another 40 outside.

But otherwise, it will feature the same formula that has made the original Taco Bus in Seminole Heights such a hit. It will have the same menu and the same prices, and will offer a choice of carry-out service from a bus window or sit-down full-service dining inside.

And it will be open all night Thursdays through Sunday — in other words it will be open nonstop from 11 a.m Thursday until 10 p.m. Sunday (11 a.m. until 10 p.m. other days).

Valenzuela started in the food business when he was a teenager in Mexico. He set up a taco stand on street corner.

"When people complimented me on my food, I knew this would be my life's work," he said. "When people enjoyed my food, that was the most wonderful feeling, like an artists getting applause."

His cousin actually opened the original Taco Bus. It had a different name, a Spanish name that wasn't easy for some English speakers, so people started calling it Taco Bus. When Valenzuela bought the restaurant, he made Taco Bus the official name. He has since opened locations in St. Petersburg, North Tampa and downtown Tampa. He plans to open one a year. He owns all the restaurants himself, so he can expand the way a franchise operation could.

One thing that sets Taco Bus apart from other Mexican restaurants, in addition to 24-hour dining on weekends, is an extensive selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes. That's something the Brandon area doesn't have enough of, Valenzuela said, and he expects people who seek out those kinds of items will be especially excited about Taco Bus coming to the area.

For more information, visit taco-bus.com.

Salon Roxy committed to nothing but hair

VALRICO — Trent Day grew up in family of hair stylists, and spent many years as the artistic director for Scruples, a company that manufactures and markets hair products. One of his duties was to help develop products.

So he knows hair. Now Day has opened a salon called Salon Roxy, in an old Blockbuster Video building at 3305 Lithia-Pinecrest Road.

It's a spacious, upscale location with eight stations for stylists and a full color bar that seats six.

"It's hair and only hair," Day said. "We don't do manicures or anything like that, just hair."

Day said that one comment hair stylists constantly hear from clients is that their hair looks great when they leave the salon, but when the clients get home they can never achieve the same look.

After the new year, Salon Roxy will have clinics that will offer clients tips on how to maintain their styles.

Salon Roxy is open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday, noon until 7 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday. Call (813) 324-8817 or visit salon-roxy.com.

If you know of something that should be in Everybody's Business, please contact Marty Clear at [email protected]

Comments
Suffolk tops off Manor Riverwalk project

Suffolk tops off Manor Riverwalk project

Building contractor Suffolk topped off the north tower of its Manor Riverwalk project on Friday.The luxury rental community will replace the old Tampa Tribune building at 202 S Parker Street. Once complete, the project will include an eight-story wat...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Woman who gave birth at Florida State Fair receives lifetime pass

Woman who gave birth at Florida State Fair receives lifetime pass

Newborn baby Lyric Love Robinson received a unique gift for Valentine’s Day — tickets for life to the Florida State Fair, where her mother gave birth to her right on the Midway on Feb. 9.Kesha Martin and her husband, Lavaron Robinson, were watching t...
Published: 02/16/18
March column: Two local views on Democrats’ big Sarasota win

March column: Two local views on Democrats’ big Sarasota win

Democrats are exultant over Margaret Good’s defeat of James Buchanan in the District 72 state House special election in Sarasota. They think their win in a GOP-leaning district with a large plurality of Republican voters forecasts a blue wave in 2018...
Published: 02/16/18
Editorial: Story of Brandon priest belies demonization of unauthorized immigrants

Editorial: Story of Brandon priest belies demonization of unauthorized immigrants

That a Hillsborough County man brought to this country illegally as a child has dedicated his life to helping others serves as a reminder of the urgent need to work toward comprehensive immigration reform in the long run, and in the short run, to ren...
Published: 02/16/18
Home and job? These couples work it out

Home and job? These couples work it out

When Abby and Davis Watts started dating after working together at radio station WBVM-FM 90.5 (Spirit FM) for seven years, they began that romantic relationship with a decidedly unromantic pro/con list. • "We were nervous of what the changed dynamic ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Sunday Conversation: Georgia Vahue feels blessed to lead Firehouse Cultural Center

Sunday Conversation: Georgia Vahue feels blessed to lead Firehouse Cultural Center

An art teacher and an administrator. • A development director and a marketing executive. • A Fullbright Fellow. • Georgia Vahue has held a number of titles over the years, but the Ruskin Firehouse Cultural Center director says she’s not only lucky, b...
Published: 02/16/18
Sun City Center ‘sweethearts’ renew their vows on Valentine’s Day

Sun City Center ‘sweethearts’ renew their vows on Valentine’s Day

SUN CITY CENTER —Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love; a day when loved ones share flowers, cards, chocolates, and romantic dinners. But last Wednesday, 10 couples in Sun City Center took those expressions of love to a whole new level. In the g...
Published: 02/15/18
Updated: 02/16/18
Group text: County’s youth council shares computer skills with Northdale seniors

Group text: County’s youth council shares computer skills with Northdale seniors

NORTHDALE — Students with the Hillsborough County Youth Leadership Council are working to bridge the technology generation gap by teaching computer skills to senior citizens. "We’re just sharing what we know, things that come naturally to us,’’ said...
Published: 02/15/18
Updated: 02/16/18
Hooper: Startups ignite Tampa Bay’s entrepreneurial energy

Hooper: Startups ignite Tampa Bay’s entrepreneurial energy

The savvy inquisitor would have asked about capitalization, profit margins and production costs.The business professor might have questioned the projections and viability. The venture capitalist would have demanded ROI data.Me? I had a simpler questi...
Published: 02/15/18
New CoffeeHouse and Eatery comes to South Tampa

New CoffeeHouse and Eatery comes to South Tampa

Daily Dose Coffeehouse & Eatery opened earlier this month and offers South Tampa unique smoked coffee and a number of fresh, homemade breakfast items.Located in Fair Oaks Plaza at 3324 W Gandy Blvd., Daily Dose serves a different chef special everyda...
Published: 02/15/18