University Tacos to expand into former Lucy’s Coffee & Tea space

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Jesus and Gabriel Miranda University Tacos owners. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Everyone was sad to see Lucy’s Coffee & Tea permanently close last week, but at least another local family-run small business is taking over the legendary coffeehouse’s spot—next door neighbor University Tacos.

University Tacos storefront. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

The taco joint has been in business for about six years, preparing their food fresh from scratch every single day.

“The reason we are expanding is because we can offer our customers a place where they can enjoy the food. Where we are right now is very small. It was the beginning of our dream to have our own place and better options. We took the risk of doing this because we want to offer our customers a place to enjoy our food and to provide more choices with the bigger space.”  ~ Jesus Miranda, owner of University Tacos

University Tacos mouthwatering street tacos. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

The expansion of University Tacos is a glimmer of good news for the Magic City restaurant scene. Since the COVID-19 crisis struck in mid-March, many local Birmingham restaurants have had to adjust their business model by providing only curbside pickup during the first two months of the outbreak. In May, restaurants in Alabama started reopening at 50% capacity.

Street tacos. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Along with Lucy’s, several restaurants have closed their doors, including:

  • Babalu in Lakeview
  • Mile End Deli at Railroad Park
  • Brio Tuscan Grill at Brookwood Village
  • Z’s Restaurant in the downtown business district

Breakfast and Lunch

Massive burritos. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

University Tacos serves a diverse menu with breakfast burritos, egg quesadillas and tacos, omelettes and ranch potatoes.

The lunch menu offers mouthwatering street tacos, burritos, tostadas, quesadillas, nachos and several traditional latin sides.  They also offer burgers and fries.

Breakfast Hours: 8:30-10:30AM
Lunch Hours: 10:30AM to 6:00PM


Call for Carry Out – 205-538-5568 Email:

Location: 2009 University Blvd. 35233

University Tacos present storefront. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

When do they Expand?

According to University Tacos, they plan to open their newly-expanded space at the beginning of August.

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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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