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Published July 10 2013

Former Taco Brother opens new food truck downtown

FARGO – Raul Gomez is going mano a mano with his hermano.

The one-time Taco Brother – along with Steve Heiland, a former co-owner of the Green Market Kitchen in Fargo – opened the new Luchadores Taqueria Mexican food truck this week at 124 8th St. N. in Fargo.

The mobile taqueria is the third Mexican food truck in downtown Fargo, joining Romo’s Tacos and Taco Bros., which is run by Raul Gomez’s brother, Octavio Gomez.

The brothers opened Taco Bros. together last summer, but ended their professional partnership after disagreements about the business.

Raul Gomez said Luchadores Taqueria will offer Mexican street food, such as beans, rice and other portable food items, as well as some new items that are different from the menu of Taco Bros.

“The biggest difference is we’re introducing a few different desserts, and we have quite a few unique recipes that we’ve come up with on our own,” said Gomez, who’s also the publisher of the High Plains Reader.

He acknowledged Octavio will now be competition, but said there seems to be demand for the kind of food the two brothers are making – albeit now making separately.

“There’s definitely going to be some competition – that’s inevitable,” Gomez said. “But I think it’s healthy to have competition and have a thriving food truck market here in Fargo.”

Octavio Gomez, who said he hasn’t spoken to Raul since their falling out, said he found out about his brother’s venture through Facebook.

“I’m excited for the guy, quite honestly. I do wish him well,” Octavio Gomez said.

“I think it’ll keep people on their toes, and make sure they’re producing and making the best Mexican cuisine that can come out of a taco truck,” he added. “I guess we’ll see how it rides out.”

Luchadores Taqueria will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; and late-night dinner from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535