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Josefina’s Mexican Restaurant in Tacoma is closing

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Josefina’s Mexican Restaurant in Tacoma is calling it quits. The restaurant announced Wednesday that it is closing its doors January 30. Owner Rodolfo “Rudy” Garcia is retiring from the brick-and-mortar restaurant business.

“We want to thank you for your support and business over the years. We feel extremely grateful to have served the Tacoma community for over 34 yrs! Thank you for choosing us to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, engagements, divorces… We feel privileged to have chosen to share those important moments with you! We invite you today and tomorrow for one last farewell,” wrote Garcia to diners on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

But there’s still one way to enjoy the restaurant’s tacos and burritos. The restaurant’s taco truck, Burrito Boy, will ride again. The truck will operate May through October and Garcia says that diners can find him and Burrito Boy at the Puyallup, Tacoma, Lakewood, Steilacoom and Ruston Farmers Markets. He’ll also continue serving at regional festivals such as the Ethnic Fest, Meeker Days and others.

Josefina’s Mexican Restaurant in Tacoma announced on its Facebook page it is closing January 29, 2019.

Rudy’s Burrito Boy truck was the prototype taco truck in the area. He was the first in the area to capitalize on the mobile food trend and was way ahead of his time. He opened Burrito Boy more than 25 years ago.

“We saw potential to buy a truck and use it,” said Garcia in 2014. At that time, he said he was enjoying seeing Tacoma’s fledgling food truck scene growing. “It’s an easy entry for a very small business owner to get started. And, you know, the restaurant business is really hard. I’s not an easy business to be in. It takes a lot of money and time and patience,” said Garcia.

Congratulations to Rudy! We’ll see you and Burrito Boy at the farmers markets in May!

Hey! Did you see that Essence Lounge opened in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood? It took over the Triple Play spot. Read more here.