Sad news for longtime residents of Eagle Rock and its surrounding communities. Ernie's Jr. Taco House, the old school Americanized Mexican restaurant on Broadway underneath the 2 Freeway overpass, called it quits on April 19 after nearly 60 years in business. Crowds gathered over the weekend for their last taste of tacos, "grande" burritos, and other cheese-and-lard laden specialties served in a dingy dining room that looked like it hadn't been cleaned up in a decade.
Still, the place felt like a time portal to the mid-century, including its classic Googie sign, which loomed over Broadway. No word on what will replace the restaurant, which sits on a sizable lot. When LA Weekly asked owner Ernie Cruz why he was finally closing up, he replied, ""I'm going to be 70 and getting tired, and it's difficult to run the restaurant."
· Eagle Rock says goodbye to Ernie Jr's Taco House [The Eastsider]
· Get a Taco Before Ernie Jr.'s Taco House Closes For Good Today [LA Weekly]