Tex-Mex Restaurant Chains Went Out of Business

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Chi-has Chi's closed, which isn't unexpected given its history. Marno McDermott, who founded Zapata Foods, began this business in Minnesota in the 1970s.

In 2003, a Chi-in Chi's Monaca, Pennsylvania, was linked to 650 hepatitis A infections and four fatalities.

Chi-closed Chi's after this, which was unsurprising. The company paid nearly $40 million in hepatitis epidemic settlements.

Don Pablo's

Don Pablo's is another Mexican-themed franchise that closed. Don Pablo's sorrowful narrative isn't as dramatic as Chi- Chi's.

Don Pablo's still had 45 sites but was struggling. Rita Restaurant Corp. and Food Management Partners purchased the restaurant in 2014, but it failed.

In 2017, they filed for bankruptcy, and their last shop in New Jersey shuttered in 2019.

Pup 'N' Taco

This fast-food company combined tacos with hamburgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches.

The chain began in 1965 and had 62 shops by 1973. In the mid-1980s, Taco Bell purchased up several Pup 'N' Taco outlets.

 About three businesses stayed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, renaming as "Pop 'N' Taco." By mid-2010s, these sites were all closed.

Casa Bonita

Casa Bonita was a Denver-based Tex-Mex chain. This restaurant franchise was more than that. Customers might also enjoy an indoor waterfall.

"Casa Bonita," a 2003 South Park episode, placed Casa Bonita on the cultural map. This Tex-Mex chain failed despite its popularity.

Casa Bonita closed in 2020 due to COVID-19 and hasn't reopened. Casa Bonita declared bankruptcy in April 2021.

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