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Austin's original food truck opens 2 mighty new locations

Austin's original food truck opens 2 mighty new locations

Mighty Cone
Mighty Cone has mighty big plans for its 15th anniversary. The Mighty Cone/Facebook

Mighty Cone, favorite Austin City Limits Music Festival food vendor, celebrates its 15-year anniversary this fall by adding a new item to its roster — plus two new locations.

"The official food of live music," originally conceived by legendary Texas chef Jeff Blank, rose to fame in 2002 after debuting at ACL. Mighty Cone stepped outside festival grounds to become one of the first food trucks to pioneer Austin's nationally recognized scene. 

Led by new owner and CEO Stephen Tarleton, Mighty Cone will continue serving the popular hot and crunchy cones at ACL Fest 2017 and is adding a new offering by popular demand. The "Lighty Cone," named by fans in a social media contest, combines grilled chicken tender in citrus marinade with lettuce, tomato, onion, and avocado hummus. It is gluten-free and packs only 430 calories for a healthier option.

"We have such a heritage with the Austin music and entertainment scene,” says Tarleton in a press release. “We were created specifically for festivalgoers who don’t want to miss a show to stop and eat or are trying to physically balance both their meal and a beverage, but who also desire interesting and uniquely flavored food."

Mighty Cone has also announced a new partnership with Key Bar on West Sixth Street. Starting Labor Day weekend, Mighty Cone will be the weekend food purveyor for Key Bar patrons.

Additionally, Mighty Cone is growing its relationship with the University of Texas, with a location at gate 32 of DKR Memorial Stadium for the opening football game on September 2.

Mighty Cone's permanent trailer is located at The Picnic on Barton Springs. The team is also launching a mobile catering service for any type of event.