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District Taco
Private
Industry Restaurants
Founded 2008; 13 years ago (2008) in Arlington, Virginia, United States
Founders Osiris Hoil
Number of locations
15
Area served
Washington, D.C. area
Products Mexican cuisine
Owners Osiris Hoil
Marc Wallace

District Taco is a Mexican restaurant chain with 13 locations in the Mid-Atlantic region, mostly in the Washington, D.C. area. It serves Yucatan-style cuisine, including burritos, quesadillas, tacos, and other items. It was founded in 2009 as a food truck in Rosslyn, Virginia and opened its first traditional location in Arlington the next year. In 2018, it was announced that the chain plans to open a location in Downtown Silver Spring. In 2016, founder Osiris Hoil was a winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

History

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The original District Taco truck in 2010.
District Taco franchise in Rosslyn, Arlington, Virginia
A District Taco restaurant in Rosslyn, Arlington, Virginia

District Taco was founded by Osiris Hoil and Marc Wallace, in 2009 as a food truck in Rosslyn. At the time, Hoil had just been laid off from his construction job during the Great Recession and his neighbor, Marc Wallace encouraged him to go into the food business, selling the recipes he prepared at home. Wallace would later serve as an investor and co-owner in the business. In November 2010, Hoil opened his first brick and mortar restaurant on Lee Highway in Arlington. In the Spring of 2012, the chain opened its first location in the District of Columbia, finally living up to its name. By the summer of 2017, the chain had grown to include ten locations in Virginia and Washington, D.C. In November of that year, the chain opened its first location outside the Washington metro area and eleventh overall, in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The next month, they opened their first location in Maryland, in Riverdale Park.

Food

District Taco quesadilla
A quesadilla from a District Taco store in Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia.

District Taco describes its cuisine as Yucatan-style, similar to what Hoil's mother used to prepare. These include burritos, quesadillas, tacos, and other offerings. The stores use only fresh ingredients, something Hoil said his mother always stressed when he was a child. The store is also open for breakfast, serving traditional items such as huevos rancheros in addition to Mexican-American options such as breakfast burritos.

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