Concerned citizens, AISD Trustees and City of Austin officials meet to discuss Torchy’s Tacos attempt to obtain a waiver so they can sell alcohol at their new South Congress location which is within 300 feet of Fulmore Middle School, at Travis Heights Elementary on Wednesday, May 19, 2016. (Erika Rich FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

I walked by Torchy’s on South Congress Avenue on Wednesday night and saw an employee wiping down the outdoor bar. Taps exposed though nonoperational, I assumed the taco slingers would be slinging alcohol soon. I was mistaken.

The Austin-based taco empire Tuesday night withdrew its request to city council for permission to sell alcohol at its latest Austin location, according to the Statesman’s James Barragan. Torchy’s had faced opposition from ‘local stakeholders,’ including AISD, due to its proximity to Fulmore Middle School across the street.

While Torchy’s has withdrawn the request, the move is just temporary.

“We look forward to continuing these current discussions and will update the community when we refile our waiver,” Torchy’s said in a statement. “We fully intend to go through the appropriate notification process and we remain committed to being a good neighbor to the South Congress area.”

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