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Couple opens new taco shop in Helotes

(SBG San Antonio)

HELOTES -- A new taco shop in Helotes is celebrating being in business for their first month.

Mary's Tacos is located on Bandera Road near FM 1560. Gil Villanueva and his wife opened the restaurant, saying they wanted to own a business right in their community. The couple has 16-years of experience with other restaurants they own and operate in Boerne and Kerrville.

"We thought that with the experience that we had, the product that we had and our business model that we had, we thought we had a fair chance," says Gil Villanueva on opening the business during the Covid-19 pandemic.

At Mary's Tacos, you can find tacos like 'The Bubba,' which features a combination of carne guisada, potatoes and cheese. 'The Beto' contains pork and green salsa, potatoes and cheese. Both tacos were named after customers who became regulars at the Villanueva's restaurants. If you have an idea for a specialty taco, you can recommend it to the restaurant.

"It has to be ingredients that we got everyday and it's got to be a combination that we think the general public would like," says Villanueva.

Villanueva says his staff works hard to create authentic tacos by coming in at 5:30 a.m. daily to prepare the food.

Mary's Tacos, located at 13439 Bandera Road is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, CLICK HERE.