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What happened to Amaya's?!?

Madcap Jun 15, 2011 08:31 AM

Went out of town for 2 weeks. Returned yesterday and went to get my Tex-mex fix and Amaya's Taco Village isn't there anymore? There was another Mexican restaurant there...can't remember the name because I was in shock at the time. What gives?

Amaya's Taco Village
5405 N Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78723

  1. rudeboy Jun 15, 2011 08:55 AM


    I think it is moving across the street (I35).

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    1. re: rudeboy
      Madcap Jun 15, 2011 09:10 AM

      that's a relief, thanks.

    2. b
      brentwood Jun 15, 2011 09:24 AM

      Yeah, it's on the southbound frontage of I-35 between 290 and Reinli (next to the La Quinta). I drove by the other day and it looked close to finished. There were also a couple of guys out front holding a protest banner that said something like "Shame on Amaya's." Couldn't read further from the freeway. Wonder what that's all about...

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      1. re: brentwood
        bbq1995 Jun 15, 2011 09:48 AM

        Upset that they aren't technically on the 'east side' anymore?

        1. re: bbq1995
          gntlmn6464 Jun 16, 2011 01:48 PM

          The space they are going in to has been the kiss of death for restaurants, I'm curious to see if it is the space or the occupants!

        2. re: brentwood
          addlepated Jun 21, 2011 06:52 PM

          They're passing out a little note at the front desk about this. There are two accusations - first, that Amaya's payroll is somehow shady, and second, that their labor practices on the new restaurant buildout were shady. Amaya's denies them both, of course.

          As for that spot being the kiss of death, they were very busy at 7 on a Monday night, so maybe they'll be the ones to make it work!

        3. b
          brentwood Jul 2, 2011 05:41 PM

          We swung by for lunch today, and I don't think they'll have any trouble thriving at this location if the crowd was any indication. The protestors have moved on, but the parking lot and restaurant are still jammed. Our server said the new place is close to double the size of the old, and they've been crowded from open to close since they moved. There's a bar area in the middle of the new place, and a small patio on the frontage road side.

          The good news is that the menu and food remain unchanged. Same amazing crispy tacos, same combo plates, and while it's just too hot for me to consider caldo, one hopes it's as good as before as well.

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          1. re: brentwood
            BTAustin Jul 16, 2011 05:33 AM

            Went there last night (Friday) around 6. Big happy crowd of very diverse diners. Huge staff zipping around providing fast service and keeping everyone happily refilled and everything clean. Didn't look at the restrooms though. Place is bright not at all like the old Bombay Bicycle Club we used to idle away many drinking hours in years ago. A takeout area in the back made that look efficient. I see some family pack takeout options on their website that could feed a group at home in a pinch.

            Had the tacos. They are very good. Fresh fried softish shells like Angie's (I heard the two places had a common heritage but my server didn't know anything about that) No carnitas though. The chips weren't the same thick fresh fried great ones like Angie's either. They seemed a little better than the bagged ones that have become so common though. I'm guessing they fry them there. Nice cold and pretty spicy red table sauce.

            Good rice and beans and those tacos are good. A very good “yellow cheese and iceberg” alternative for the horde of dingy Mex semi-chains in Austin. And a quick in/out for that part of town. I don’t know about the margaritas.

            Amaya's Taco Village
            5405 N Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78723

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