Raising La Banqueta

Alberto Neri is building a tiny taco empire one tortilla at a time.

He doesn't know when, exactly, but he hopes it's soon. It took the taquero nine months to get his second Arlington location up and running. The city requirements for simple grease trap and a sampling well set him back much longer than he expected, while rent and utilities on the space nearly bankrupted him. "I'm a taco man, not a businessman," he says, despite his success. While he may be able to handle a smoking grill better than a restaurant inspector, clearly, he is good at both.

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primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Great description of Banqueta. Had tacos at Stampede 66 last night--I wanted to try the mollejas--and even with their hecho a mano tortillas they couldn't touch Banqueta. Better atmosphere, too.

lisareneemerito
lisareneemerito

What a happy read!  Thanks for this.  I love success stories.

G_David
G_David

1) to give asshats like you something to complain about.

2) to demonstrate that a guy that started with nothing is more successful than you.

3) to give you a chance to demonstrate your pathetic grammar skills.

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@G_David Hooray!

I'd add: to celebrate one hell of a local Taquero.

 
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