El Taco Rustico (Photo by Anna Smirnova)

El Taco Rustico to Open a New Location on South Park Avenue


February 9, 2024
By Matt Sterner

It’s been an incredible journey for Chef Juan Almanza, owner of El Taco Rustico. From being a Tohono O’odham Swap Meet staple to opening up his first brick-and-mortar at 2281 N. Oracle Rd., Almanza is now ready to open a new location on Park Avenue.

Over the past few months, they’ve been preparing to open the restaurant at 1830 S. Park Ave., which is right on the corner of Silverlake Road.

There isn’t an exact grand opening date just yet but Almanza and the team are hoping to open the restaurant’s doors as soon as March 2024.

If you’ve yet to eat at El Taco Rustico, here are their tacos in a nutshell, I mean, a taco shell…

The corn tortillas are soft but not crumbly — strong enough to withstand the carne asada, birria, or anything else you fill them with and the juices they’re dipped into. Then there are the flour tortillas at El Taco Rustico, which are held over a flame for a brief moment before being served, creating an end product with a crispy texture.

a man preparing food on a plate
Chef Juan Almanza of El Taco Rustico (Photos by Anna Smirnova)

Since opening the location on Oracle Road in 2020, everything’s been great even though they opened up smack dab at the beginning of the pandemic. To put it into perspective, he’s making 100,000 quesabirrias a year — if not more.

So, stay tuned for an exact grand opening date but for now, they’re aiming to be open this March.

El Taco Rustico is located at 2281 N. Oracle Rd. The new location is coming soon to 1830 S. Park Ave. For more information, call (520) 623-3478 or visit tacorustico.com. Check out our August 2022 article, “The Life & Times of El Taco Rustico’s Chef Juan Almanza.”

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