The brand has built a ‘cult-like’ following in its home market. In part because of the quirky authenticity of the brand that guests enjoy and want to be a part of. Everything from chalk walls to old-fashioned pinball machines to bottle cap art to the hanging chairs in the bathrooms. And in part, because we simply have chosen the road less taken with our food. Unlike all/nearly all of our competitors we don’t take any shortcuts and thus serve food that is head and shoulders above the competition. That sounds boastful but it takes a lot of work to make this true each and every day so prospective franchisees need to understand this commitment and embrace it or they are in the wrong place.

The Capital Tacos Story

It all began in late 2013, with a cozy corner restaurant (without a sign) in Land O’Lakes, FL. The quest was (and remains) to provide the very best, homemade, most authentic, made from scratch without any shortcuts Tex-Mex, served in a quick and affordable way…. With that simple goal, it didn’t take long for the local secret that is Capital Tacos to get out.

The Capital Tacos menu is highlighted by dozens of signature and differentiated chef-created flavor profiles like our Catawampus, Shrimply the Best & Chapel’s Cheesesteak, just to name a few. Where others go bland, we go bold. Our menu offerings are made from scratch, with home-made recipes each and every day, that can be enjoyed as either tacos, burritos, bowls, salads, or nachos. We grill every order to deliver on our promise of hot & freshly prepared – serving grilled items from a warming bin is for the other guys. Our hand-cut chips and award-winning queso, homemade salsas, Mexican street corn (on the husk!), hand-spiced fries, and desserts are also fan favorites. In other words, we like to #keepitcapital, and keep guests coming back for more. The best part, Capital Tacos can be enjoyed however guests prefer – with friends and family in the restaurant, or brought home or to the office by of way our network of delivery service providers and frictionless online and mobile app ordering platforms.

So, what are guests saying about our craft? Capital Tacos today is a nationally-awarded, fast-casual Tex-Mex chain of restaurants based in Tampa, FL. We are known for scratch-made, innovative, and unmatched Tex-Mex flavors, which is why we’ve been recognized with many distinctions since being founded in 2013. We’ve been named a Top 3 Taco in the US (Foursquare/Business Insider), Top 2 Place To Eat In Tampa (Yelp!), Top Taco in Florida (MSN), and Top Inexpensive Eat in Tampa (Tampa Bay Times), are annual participants at the national Miami Food & Wine Festival, and are featured by local and regional TV (media, newspapers, influencers, etc.) regularly.

Our Team

James Marcus

Operating Partner

Josh Luger

Operating Partner

Matt Schinelli

Vice President of Business Development

Kurt Petterle

Director of Franchise Development

Brian LaCour

Director of Franchise Development

Mike Migliorino

Director of Marketing

Casey Stephens

Director of Store Operations

Kandace Keidel

Director of Off Premise

Growing Our People

Our people that represent Capital Tacos on the front lines each and every day are the lifeblood of the business. They are the ambassadors, the gatekeepers and hold the keys to our award-winning menu that welcome, serve and exceed expectations of our guests. We attract, develop and retain our people so they can grow personally and professionally within our organization. In fact, to reach admirations of owning their very own Capital Tacos, we nurture their dream and transform it into a reality, by growing franchisees from within with both financial and path to ownership support. Why? Simply put, we strongly believe in our people, putting them first, and helping them achieve their career goals.

From Local Secret To Nationally Awarded

When we first started slingin’ in 2013, our store didn’t even have a sign. The local secret of Capital Tacos quickly spread anyway. Soon, the local reviews & recognition, national awards, and food festival invites started rolling in. But, here at Capital, the #DoneRight journey was – and still is – only just beginning.