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This Neighborhood Favorite Taco Stand Might Get Replaced By a Chipotle

Teddy’s Tacos faces demolition in City of Industry

Teddy’s Tacos
Teddy’s Tacos, City of Industry
Toanito D. via Yelp
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

A City of Industry restaurant faces an eviction that could mark a significant change to the neighborhood. At any moment, Teddy’s Tacos could be bulldozed and replaced by a Chipotle. At present, Teddy’s Tacos is hanging on until the landlord gives it notice to vacate.

The Los Angeles Times’s Steve Lopez wrote about the pending closure of Teddy’s Tacos, which was founded by Adriana and Ted Castro. In 2013, the brother and sister team sought to change their line of work and bought a business called Iguanas, Ranas and Tacos. The pair changed the name and struggled initially with slow business. But when mother Elena started managing the kitchen, it made all the difference. According to the family, customers know her food well enough to know when the 81-year-old mother is not at the kitchen’s helm.

Things changed when the Castro family learned in 2017 about the landlord’s plans to bulldoze Teddy’s Tacos along with the adjacent Pizza Hut to make way for a Chipotle Mexican Grill. The news sent the younger Castros on a search for a new location.

Auerbach Realty Holdings, which owns the property, allegedly offered the Pizza Hut space to the Castros, though the Castros dispute that such an offer was made. When the Castros stopped paying rent to save for relocation costs, Auerbach Realty Holdings took them to court that allowed them to stay on a month-to-month lease.

Property owner Lorna Auerbach characterizes herself as a small business owner as well. Auerbach tells Lopez that her parents worked as night janitors while starting their modest real estate business. Auerbach was eager to find a new tenant when Pizza Hut left, and found was Chipotle willing to lease the space.

Meanwhile, the Castros are still looking for a new location or taco truck to move into. Until then, Teddy’s Tacos is open until further notice.

Teddy’s Tacos
15485 E Valley Boulevard
Hacienda Heights, CA

Los Angeles Times

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