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Overwhelmed, St. Petersburg Taco Bus takes a pause

ST. PETERSBURG — The new Taco Bus turned out to be so popular it has closed for a couple of days.

The staff couldn't keep up with the demand, said Rene Valenzuela, chef and owner of the St. Petersburg Taco Bus, as well as the original in Tampa.

The restaurant, fashioned after roadside taquerias common to Mexico but with the addition of table service, drew long lines when it opened Monday. The lines continued through the night and the next day.

But customers who showed up Wednesday found the place shuttered.

The closing will give Valenzuela time to install new equipment and deal with some staffing issues.

"It's a good problem to have, but it's a problem we need to solve,'' he said.

It is scheduled to reopen Friday.

"We need to reorganize our system to serve all the people we are getting. I've got to rearrange my whole cooking system," Valenzuela said. "We knew we were going to be popular and we were going to be busy, but it was far beyond our wildest dreams.''

Overwhelmed, St. Petersburg Taco Bus takes a pause 02/16/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 4:42pm]
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