Taco Joint is taking over the spot once occupied by Sonic at 134 E. Riverside Drive. (Credit: Gary Dinges)

The long-abandoned Sonic will be converted to a Taco Joint, Statesman business writer Gary Dinges reports. The second Taco Joint (the original is near the UT campus at 2807 San Jacinto Blvd.) will reportedly be the first of several new restaurants coming to the stretch of Riverside near Congress Avenue. Read Dinges’ story for more details about the development adjacent to the Austin American-Statesman.