The removal of Tal's Hill will bring better food options to Houston Astros games at Minute Maid Park next season. The baseball team announced Thursday that Torchy's Tacos and Shake Shack will each have concession stands in the park's newly renovated center field.
"Our partnerships with Torchy's Tacos and Shake Shack are highlights of the new center field area," said Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan in a statement. "Torchy's Tacos brings not only great food, but a local, Texas flavor to the ballpark. And Shake Shack's reputation for fresh, high-quality food precedes them. We look forward to offering these two fantastic concession options to our fans in 2017."
The Minute Maid Park Shake Shack will be the New York-based global burger chain's second Houston-area location, joining the one that opened last month in The Galleria (a third location has been announced for Rice Village). The company already has a presence at other sports stadiums around the country, including Citi Field in New York and the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
However, the location will be the first time the Austin-based taco restaurant has opened in a baseball stadium. If the popularity of its other Houston-area restaurants is any indication, fans will be lining up to get their fill of Dirty Sanchez tacos and queso in between Dallas Keuchel strikeouts and Jose Altuve doubles.
"We couldn't think of a better partner for our first venture into baseball than the Houston Astros," said Torchy's Tacos founder and vice president Michael Rypka. "Houston is home to some of our most loyal Torchy's fans, and we can't wait for our new location to open in the center field area of Minute Maid Park."
The team's product on the field should be improved, too, thanks to the free agent signing of outfielder Josh Reddick and a trade with the New York Yankees for catcher Brian McCann. Come to think of it, a ShackBurger probably will taste better during a World Series game.