Restaurant Victory

Iconic South Austin restaurant escapes impending closure

Iconic South Austin restaurant escapes impending closure

Maria's Taco Xpress statue
Maria's Taco Xpress is here to stay. Maria's Taco Xpress/Facebook

One Austin restaurant has avoided the chopping block. Maria's Taco Xpress will not shutter its South Austin location, as previously announced, CultureMap confirmed with the restaurant.

In February, the iconic restaurant announced it would close in the coming months; local taco-lovers rallied to bolster 20-year-old establishment.

"Due to all of the support from the Austin community we will be staying open and trying to fight the increasing taxes," the Maria's team announced on social media.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, owner Maria Corbalan considered selling the property at 2529 S. Lamar Blvd. because of skyrocketing property taxes. The deal with an unnamed buyer fell through, and Corbalan is now protesting the tax increase and considering outside investment.

Over the past 20 years, the neighborhood joint has grown from a small truck operation into a full-fledged restaurant, complete with a larger-than-life statue of Maria herself. Let's raise a margarita to the legacy of all-day breakfast, Big Boobie Bingo, and Hippie Church.