IMPACT ROUNDUP: New food truck opens on Barton Springs Road

Owner Oscar Acosta has branched out after 15 years in the health care industry to start his own food truck.

Tac-O's, 1003 Barton Springs Road, opened Nov. 12 with authentic, made-to-order Mexican breakfast and lunch tacos.

"I've always dreamed of owning my own taqueria, but the cost of starting one was too much," Acosta said. "I was fortunate to have the opportunity to open a trailer, so I decided to move forward."

His passion for food stems from cooking as a child with his mother. Acosta said he uses fresh ingredients and homestyle recipes that reflect his Hispanic heritage, he said.

"People really like the fact it's fresh even though they have to wait a few minutes," Acosta said. "They get a fresh product."

Acosta is still working to establish his business on social media, relying so far only on passing traffic and word of mouth. Tac-O's is open 8-3 p.m. Monday-Friday and will remain open on Saturdays when events take place at the nearby Palmer Events Center.

Other Impacts:

NOW OPEN—The fourth location of Royal Blue Grocery opened Nov. 30 at 301 Brazos St. Similar to the Congress Avenue location, the grocer will offer espresso, hot sandwiches and other grab-and-go offerings. The grocery section is also larger with a wider selection. Royal Blue Grocery plans to open its fifth location next spring on Rainey Street. 512-386-1617. www.royalbluegrocery.com

NOW OPEN—Butterfly Effects, an autism specialist and therapy provider, is now serving families in Austin and the surrounding Central Texas area. The South Florida-based group provides behavioral therapy to those with developmental disabilities regardless of age. They typically meet in a natural environment—the patient's home, school, work or community—and work to create an individualized plan to improve social, behavioral, academic and functional skills. 888-880-9270. www.butterflyeffects.com

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.