Beloved taqueria Trompo in Oak Cliff closes permanently, announced by owner Luis Olvera, known for its Monterrey-style tacos since 2014, according to a BNN article. They say,
“Breaking news from the heart of Oak Cliff, Dallas, where Trompo, a well-loved local taqueria, has permanently closed its doors after a series of relocations over the years. The owner, Luis Olvera, made the announcement on Instagram, stating that the doors were locked by the landlord on January 3, 2024.
A Journey from Backyard to National Acclaim
Trompo was born in 2014 when Olvera began preparing tacos in his backyard. The taqueria quickly gained traction for its authentic Monterrey-style tacos, featuring pork cooked on a trompo, a rotating spit. Trompo’s culinary journey was marked by recognition, which culminated in being included in Bon Appétit’s list of the 50 new best restaurants in the U.S. in 2016.”
Trompo’s revival: Luis Olvera raises $36,000, catches up on rent, and reopens the taqueria on January 13. Grateful for community support, he plans operational improvements, according to a Dallas Observer article. They report,
“Update: Since this article posted on Jan. 8, Luis Olvera raised $36,000 to catch up on rent for his taqueria, Trompo. The restaurant is back in business as of Jan. 13. As for this outpouring of local support, Olvera told us that he doesn’t know why the community chose to lift him up, “but I’m eternally grateful and look forward to demonstrating with my work and actions that everyone’s generosity was worth their time and effort.” He also said he’s working to make internal changes regarding operating systems, online integration, social media and lowering costs.
Luis Olvera is a determined taco maker. In 2016, his small taqueria on Singleton Road was named one of the best new restaurants in America by Bon Appetit (which actually might be a hex that we’ve previously reported on). For three years, he pushed tacos from the hole-in-the-wall space, then left for bigger confines.”
Despite multiple closures, Luis Olvera’s resilience shines. Suggestions to start a GoFundMe led to a successful $36,000 campaign, saving Trompo.