End of an Era

Iconic South Austin taco joint to close after 20 years

Iconic South Austin taco joint to close after 20 years

Maria's Taco Xpress statue
Maria's Taco Express is closing. Maria's Taco Xpress/Facebook

An Austin icon is nearing its final chapter. In the past 20 years, Maria's Taco Xpress has grown from a small truck operation into a full-fledged restaurant, complete with a larger-than-life statue of the eatery's namesake and owner, Maria Corbalan.

The beloved establishment in South Austin is set to shutter this spring. "My loves, it is with a heavy heart I must say that we are closing the doors in the months to come," reads a statement posted to Facebook.

According to Austin360, Corbalan is selling the property at 2529 S. Lamar Blvd. to an unnamed buyer. While an exact closing date has not been decided, the team is eyeing April 1.

However, the shutter may not mean the end of Maria's Taco Xpress. An employee of the restaurant confirmed with CultureMap that while the property will be sold, the name will not. Plans for relocation are being considered, but they have not been nailed down.

Still, Austinites have time to enjoy all-day breakfast, happy hour deals, Hippie Church on Sundays, and Big Boobie Bingo on Tuesdays. "I hope you all come to see us at least one more time to get your Taco Xpress fix," says the team.

In true Maria's fashion, the restaurant plans to throw a closing party and go out in style.