An Austin-based taco chain is suing an upstart rival in Houston over what it contends is theft of its recipes and blatant copying of its menu.
Torchy's Tacos, with almost two dozen outlets in Austin, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, alleges the three-store Texas Taco is using information obtained from a confidential "Taco Bible" stolen by an employee who now works for its rival.
Attorneys for Torchy's say Texas Taco is "nothing more than a blatant Torchy's ripoff."
Texas Taco lawyers deny the claims and say neither the company nor the former cook who went to work for Texas Taco did anything wrong.
Torchy's is seeking unspecified damages and an injunction against Texas Taco.
A hearing on the lawsuit is set for next month in a Harris County court.