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WESTLAKE, Ohio -- TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers, is spicing things up with the opening of its first Tule Tree Legendary Burritos restaurant. The proprietary Mexican fast-food restaurant is featured at the TA location at 8301 North Hwy. 281 in Edinburg, Texas.
According to a press release issued by TravelCenters, all menu items at Tule Tree are made fresh using authentic Mexican recipes from Chef Heriberto "Beto" Munoz, creator of the menu. Guests are invited to "select their style" meal from burritos, tacos or bowls filled with steak, shredded beef, chicken or vegetables. They then "fill it up" with black beans, cilantro and other fresh toppings. Finally, they "top it off" with chips and homemade guacamole or salsa, and a fountain drink or bottled beverage.
"We know that professional drivers crave variety as they travel," said John Ponczoch, TravelCenters' senior vice president of restaurant operations. "The Tule Tree combines fabulous taste and quick service -- it's a new way for drivers in a hurry to get their meal fast and keep moving across the country."
The Tule Tree concept is derived from the historic Arbor del Tule, a famous cypress tree in the center of Santa Maria del Tule in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The tree is known for having the stoutest trunk of any tree in the world. It is sometimes called "The Tree of Life" and is said to have images of animals visible in its trunk. As TravelCenters explained, the shape of the tree is also likened to an overstuffed burrito.
Tule Tree Legendary Burritos Restaurant is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.