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Dashing New Taco Joint in Austin Honors '50s Drive-In Diners

The recently opened Torchy's Tacos flagship in Austin, Texas may be the coolest new taco joint in these united states, thanks to a striking design channeling midcentury roadside architecture. Local firm Chioco Design gave the place a zigzaggy roofline propped up by bright red criss-crossing metal columns, a look that's sure to grab drivers' attention as they cruise down the city's busy South Congress Avenue.

As the architects tell Dezeen, the concept intentionally references "the archetypal 1950's-era drive-in diners." Inside though, the restaurant is bright, graphic, and modern, enlivened by profuse natural lighting, bright yellow pendant lights, and patterned floors.