For its first foray into Virginia as part of a nationwide expansion plan, an Austin, Texas-based taco shop chain has found a spot in Richmond.
Torchy’s Tacos signed a lease at the Carytown Exchange shopping center at 3550 W. Cary St.
Torchy’s was born out of Austin’s food truck scene in 2006 and now has over 80 locations nationwide. Last year it announced it received an unspecified amount of investor capital to fuel an effort to open in 10 new states by 2024.
A Torchy’s spokeswoman confirmed that they intend to open in Carytown in 2022, and that they’re planning to open a Charlottesville location later this year. The two locations are Torchy’s first in Virginia, and third in the Mid-Atlantic following a Raleigh outpost it opened earlier this spring.
In addition to tacos and breakfast tacos, Torchy’s menu includes burritos, salads and chips and queso. The chain also serves margaritas, mixed drinks, beer and wine.
Torchy’s is leasing 4,700 square feet near the intersection of West Cary Street and South Nansemond Street. Thalhimer’s David Crawford and James Ashby IV have the listing on the Carytown Exchange.
Torchy’s is the fifth tenant to sign on at the $40 million project. Sleep Number, Chase Bank, CityRow and the Virginia ABC all signed leases for space at the project following Publix’s opening late last year.
Torchy’s joins at least one other out-of-town taco shop to expand into the market. Earlier this spring Cabo Fish Taco, a Charlotte-based taco restaurant, also signed on for a Richmond-area location at The Summit at 3022 W. Broad St.