Rebel Drive in Kyle to be renamed Fajita Drive in support of ‘community camaraderie’

The action to rename Rebel Drive came during the Aug. 18 Kyle City Council meeting. (Screenshot courtesy city of Kyle)
The action to rename Rebel Drive came during the Aug. 18 Kyle City Council meeting. (Screenshot courtesy city of Kyle)

The action to rename Rebel Drive came during the Aug. 18 Kyle City Council meeting. (Screenshot courtesy city of Kyle)

Kyle City Council voted unanimously to rename Rebel Drive to Fajita Drive, a name officials said is significant to local culture and better suited to reflect the diversity of the city.

The action came during the Aug. 18 council meeting, and the ordinance from the city says officials unanimously agree to the change.

"Names should be appropriate to the particular public place by reflecting native wildlife, history, flora, fauna, geographic area, natural or geological features, or honoring individuals or families significant to Kyle as determined by council,” the ordinance states.

The road runs north to south in Kyle, starting at FM 2770 and ending at West Center Street, and the resolution states address changes along the street will be effective immediately.

Some of the changes that will now need to be put in place as part of the process include notifying the postmaster, informing business and property owners occupying the street, issuing a press release and informing Hays Central Appraisal District.


City information states the local post office needs 30 days to process the address change and mail will be delivered to both street names for one year.

Kyle Mayor Travis Mitchell said it seems like the right time to bring about a change to the street's name, and said that a perfect replacement could be to name the road Fajita Drive.

That seemed appropriate, Mitchell said, especially considering that earlier in the Aug. 18 meeting the city of Kyle voted to make Aug. 18 National Fajita Day after Juan Antonio “Sonny” Falcón, who is credited with popularizing the fajita by introducing it in 1969 in Kyle, according to city information.

As part of the process of changing the name, council also discussed what might be done about business owners and residents who might accrue unwanted costs associated with the name change.

But ultimately, council was unanimous in its desire to meet what they described a cultural moment with a locally relevant gesture.

"I think it's absolutely beautiful that we bring this up on National Fajita Day," District 5 Council Member Rick Koch said.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


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