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The Taco Wire: Lady Crashes Through Ceiling at OC Restaurant; Free Tacos for Chargers Losses; Roy Choi Las Vegas

10:38 AM PDT on September 11, 2018

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    Lady Crashes Through Ceiling at OC restaurant

    [dropcap size=big]A[/dropcap] woman in Garden Grove gave guests at a Mexican restaurant a scare when she came crashing down through the ceiling Sept. 9, CBS reports. The woman, believed to be homeless, had asked a worker at Sabroso! Mexican Grill if she could use the restroom and wound up occupying it for so long that a line began to form. A short time later, she came falling through a ceiling tile and fell to the floor. No one was seriously injured, although police believe the lady was on drugs.

    Free Tacos with Every Chargers Loss

    [dropcap size=big]A[/dropcap] San Diego area pollería is reviving a taco give-away for every loss of the Los Angeles Chargers this season, ABC 10 reports. With the season-opening loss against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 9, El Pollo Grill brought back its “Spanos tacos” promotion. On Monday, the Bonita location gave away free tacos in honor of the Bolts’ loss. The taco give-away will run all season and is one per customer. Guests should use the “Spanos tacos” phrase to collect.

    El Mexicano Taco Truck to Reopen After Lonchera Crash on 99 Freeway

    [dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]he owners of the popular Central Valley El Mexicano restaurants say they plan to reopen for business later this month after their taco truck crashed and overturned on Highway 99 on Sept. 6. The lonchera was rear ended by a semi truck, which then spun out of control and hit two other vehicles, and the center divider just south of Fresno on the 99, says the Fresno Bee. One person was seriously injured, though everyone in the truck was unscathed. The owners decided to close the restaurants through Sept. 16 to allow crew members to recover from the ordeal.

    Roy Choi’s New Las Vegas Restaurant Will Offer a Mix of His Classics

    etails are emerging about Roy Choi’s latest venture, Best Friend. The restuarant is set to open later this year inside the Park MG, Bloomberg says. Among the highlights of this new concept will be what he describes as a "remixed and remastered" menu of the food that comes from his handful of L.A. eateries, such as his iconic Kogi Korean tacos, healthy-fish Locol fast-food, and rice bowls from Chego, as well as stoner delights like chili spaghetti or chow fun Bolognese.

    Filipino Fast-Food Chain Jollibee to Enter Mexican Food Game

    [dropcap size=big]P[/dropcap]hilippines-based chain Jollibee Foods Corp. is expanding its portfolio of spaghetti, burgers and fried chicken and is said to enter the fast-casual Mexican arena. The fast-food company has announced a $12.4 million investment in Tortas Frontera, the casual spot founded by that Chicago gabacho chef who we won’t name (read who here). Jollibee, with dozens of U.S. locations, is already on its way toward global dominance, with ownership in other fast-food chains in the Philippines and elsewhere. This buy-in gives Jollibee a 47 percent stake in the Chicago-based chain and would help grow it across the country.

    Chipotle Brings Back Chorizo Nationwide

    [dropcap size=big]B[/dropcap]urrito giant Chipotle is bringing back chorizo for a limited time in stores across the country. The fast-casual chain prepares its chorizo with a blend of spicy white meat and is available in burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and salads, a company news release says. The limited-time offering is just the latest in the chain’s offerings of pork-based toppings. In August, Chipotle announced it would roll out bacon in select locations this month as part of a test run and could expand that option should the cured meat do well.

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