Burnet Road is becoming a magnet for trendy eateries, but the burgeoning culinary corridor has lost a contender. In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Fork and Taco revealed its closure after just one year in business.
"Friends and loyal supporters, we are closing the doors of Fork and Taco," reads the statement. "We are so grateful to all of you who shared this incredible experience (and margaritas) with us over this past year ... what an adventure!"
The Central Austin taco joint was known for its contemporary flair and eclectic range of Asian, Mexican, and Thai flavors. From the get-go, Fork and Taco seemed to have the recipe for Austin success: an interior by local designer Merrilee McGehee, a menu by Uchi alum Casey Fannin, and the support of owners and Nashville ex-pats Jeff and Susan McCoy. The resounding criticism, however, was that in a town full of tacos the price tag was steep.
"At the end of the day it was a great experience, we just had to make a business decision. For us, the better decision was to close and work on some other items we have in the fire. But overall, we had such a great experience and had a great team of people to work with," Susan McCoy tells CultureMap. "And as long as I have that margarita recipe, I'm good," she jokes.
No word yet on what will become of the space sandwiched between Pinthouse Pizza and Noble Sandwich Co. One thing is for sure, there's no shortage of tacos on this stretch of Burnet Road: Torchy's, Peached Tortilla, and Taco Flats are just a few of the nearby options.