Beloved Mexican Tucson restaurant re-opens 11 months after car crash destroyed building

November 29, 2023 by No Comments

Eleven months after a suspected drunk driver crashed into the front door of their family’s Taqueria Pico de Gallo restaurant in South Tucson, customers are once again filling the dining room, enjoying the house-favorite horchata, birria tacos on housemade corn tortillas and coctel de elote.

The family’s ordeal began in the early morning of Christmas Eve 2022, when a suspected drunk driver drove a vehicle into the front entrance of the family’s 30-year-old Mexican restaurant. The car caught fire, destroying the main dining room and causing extensive damage to the middle dining room, forcing the family to close the restaurant.

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They had to wait until April to start rebuilding the restaurant. Taqueria Pico de Gallo is now open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Founded over 30 years ago, one of their specialties is their handmade tortillas, which are made fresh daily and are a must-try when visiting the restaurant.

The family is grateful to the community for their support during this difficult time. They are excited to be back serving up their delicious food to their loyal customers. They are also working with the city of South Tucson to improve lighting and security in the area. After a turbulent 11 months, it looks like things are finally looking up.


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