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Churn, the soft-serve ice cream shop from the Lloyd Taco Factory people, reopens April 16 with churro sundaes and cold-brew coffee to tempt customers. At 1501 Hertel Ave., next to the original Lloyd Taco Factory, Churn started dishing up cones and sundaes last year, along with a coffee program developed with West Side roaster Tipico. The new season brings changes inc…

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Reality television it wasn’t. Months after Lloyd Taco Factory’s owners accepted a deal for 25 percent of their company with television cameras watching, they changed their minds and exercised their right to turn it down, Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo said. The Lloyd owners decided to get a bank loan instead. That decision, construction delays and the decision to start …

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On the fifth anniversary of Lloyd, the Buffalo taco truck sensation, let's take a moment to appreciate what Lloyd hath wrought. Five years ago, the street food of Buffalo was a tube-meat monoculture. Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo wanted to start a taco truck. People told them it was impossible to make a business of it, and the City of Buffalo told them it was not legal…

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The first bite into a Lloyd burrito is an exhilarating moment.You’re aware of what you ordered, of course. Maybe it’s tomatillo pork with medium Rocket Sauce, crema Mexicana, pickled red onions, or braised beef with queso fresco, hot Rocket Sauce and rice and beans. Regardless, the combination of flavors in the first chomp sets the tone. Will you get a rush o…

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Buffalo's first food truck had a crazy week, at least in the public eye. While Lloyd Taco Truck owners Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo knew their business' fate on "Restaurant Startup" long before they welcomed patrons and fans into North Park Theatre for a viewing party, agreements with CNBC prevented them from sharing their victory until Tuesday night's show concluded. …

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From the streets of Buffalo to a Hollywood ending, the story of Lloyd Taco Truck has the stuff to satisfy hearts as well as bellies.When they started dishing up tacos at Main and Mohawk four years ago, Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo were trying to sell more than burritos – they were trying to sell the idea that Buffalo would be a better place with food trucks in it…

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The owners of Lloyd Taco Truck won a truckload of money Tuesday night on CNBC’s reality series “Restaurant Startup.” After some intense negotiations, Lloyd owners Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo accepted a $250,000 investment in exchange for 25 percent of their business. It wasn’t exactly what they wanted, but eventually, as dramatic music played in the background, Dorsa…

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It might be easier for me to eat the food item I hate the most – brussels sprouts – than write this blog. That’s because I have to figure out how to review the very entertaining episode of CNBC’s “Restaurant Startup” featuring Lloyd Taco Truck owners Chris Dorsaneo and Peter Cimino without revealing what everybody wants to know: Whether they earn an investment from show s…

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Lloyd taco truck owners have leased restaurant spaces with kitchens on Hertel Avenue and Elmwood Avenue. Both 1503 Hertel Ave. and 502 Elmwood Ave. could be used to prepare food for Lloyd taco’s four-truck fleet, or as restaurants, or both. That’s all Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo, the entrepreneur-chef duo behind Lloyd, are sharing about their plans before television a…

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Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo, the entrepreneur-chef duo behind Lloyd taco trucks, will appear on "Restaurant Startup" on Feb. 10. CNBC will roll the show at 10 p.m. The show pits two experienced truck operators with multi-truck fleets against each other. Restaurant investors Joe Bastianich (Mario Batali's business partner) and Tim Love (a Texas chef and investor) can …

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Looks like Pete Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo were right way back in 2010, when they declared that food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants were not mortal enemies. The Buffalo entrepreneur-chef duo are apparently opening their first wheel-less restaurant at 1503 Hertel Ave. They declined to comment. In November, a corporation called Lloyd Taco Factory LLC declared itsel…

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PASADENA, Calif. – Lloyd Taco Truck is getting rave reviews from the show’s investors even before its Buffalo owners appear on CNBC’s reality series “Restaurant Startup.” That doesn’t mean Lloyd will win anything when it and another contestant are on at a still undermined date, but I imagine it is still nice for the owners to hear. After a news conference for the program…

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Lloyd Taco Trucks has added a fourth mobile eatery to its fleet. Owner Chris Dorsaneo said that the new truck’s arrival won’t expand the company’s reach, for now. It will, however, allow older trucks to be taken off the road for repairs without disrupting the trucks’ regularly scheduled appearances. Since becoming Buffalo’s first food truck in 2010, Lloyd, owned by Dorsa…

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When lloyd Taco Truck owners Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo began selling tacos out of the window of their first food truck on July 28, 2010, no one knew how mobile food would catch on in Buffalo. Would a city so steeped in Italian cuisine -- which also identified strongly with Mighty Taco -- embrace a progressive trend derisively referred to as "street meat"? As it turn…