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Pup 'N' Taco Sign Pup 'N' Taco Photos from Friends!
In late 2002 I posted a couple pictures of my great uncle's former business, Pup 'N' Taco,
and was surprised at the number of customers who wrote to say how much they missed
the food! So, I've created these pages as a kind of memento of the family business...

 

 

Pup 'N Taco was a chain of restaurants, started by my great uncle Russ Wendell, that eventually spread form Los Angeles to Albuquerque and Denver. In 1985 nearly the entire chain, of about 100 restaurants, was sold to Taco Bell with the exception of the three in Albuquerque.
 
Those three remaining stores, owned by another great uncle, slightly changed their name from "Pup" to "Pop" but pretty much continued offering the same great menu items (their famously delicious and inexpensive tacos, burritos, and hot dogs) that were my family's tradition at all the other locations.
 
Finally, those last three stores were eventually shut down or sold. While passing through Albuquerque, during the Spring of 2014, I encountered the surveyors you see in this video taking measurements either in preparation for razing the building or remodeling it. This particular store was located on the corner of Edith Blvd and Central Avenue (Route 66), just a few blocks east of Interstate 25. I hope to return again someday, soon, to see what actually happened after the surveyors completed their work...

Yellow Arrow Pointing Right My Main Pup 'N' Taco page
Yellow Arrow Pointing Right Pup 'N' Taco Letters

 

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Privacy Note: Any photo or identifiable name you see posted
here is because the owner/photographer gave me permission!

Mike Moreland's collection

In March '07 Mike sent me these great shots of his own family's involvement in Pup 'N'Taco. His
mom and dad managed a store and had the sad duty of closing it after the Taco Bell buy-out.
Nevertheless, it appears his parents handled the situation really well as these pictures show
them cheerfully handing out one of the last orders or being photographed with a friend...

Thanks Mike!

Larry and Mary Moreland at Pup 'N' Taco - 1980s
Mike's parents
Larry Moreland at Pup 'N' Taco being raed - 1980s
Larry Moreland and ?
Mary Moreland gives out one of the last orders at Pup 'N' Taco - 1980s
Serving the last orders...
Larry Moreland at Pup 'N' Taco - 1980s
Working at the steam table
Fullerton, California Pup 'N' Taco being razed - 1980s
Fullerton store being razed
Mike's uncle gets married - 1980s
Getting married!
Note: In the fourth photo Mike's dad is working at what we called the "steam table." This was actually an interesting device used by Pup 'N' Taco from the very beginning. Heated by natural gas, the steam table was filled with a few inches of water so that a uniform curtain of steam or hot water vapor engulfed all of the pans and containers holding beans, meat, and other items requiring constant temperature. The steam table was very healthful in that it not only kept food hot and tasty, but free from bacteria and pathogens as well!!

Mike also wrote me about that fourth photo, saying, "After business on the last day, my dad brought me up to the store to help clean out the equipment. One of the PNT officers was there - not sure if it was Russ. He gave me that Coke clock hanging on the back wall for helping out." I like that story but am still wondering why they weren't using an R.C. Cola clock at that time!! - Roger

 

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Click on any of this page's "thumbnail" images for a larger view!

There's a Pup 'N' Taco near you! - circa 1984
Pup 'N' Taco locations
(circa 1984)
Hello Roger,

I was a huge Pup N Taco fan. It took about 6 years after you closed before I ever went to a Taco Bell again. I would go to PNT almost every day at lunch as there was one less than a block from my high school. Had to have the grape slush. Anyway, I actually saved an ad that has your locations from the last year you were open. The coupons that were attached are gone (used I imagine). I found this when I came across a box of things that I had saved when I was a kid. I made it small so it all fit. I hope you can enlarge it to see all the locations. If not, I can scan it in pieces for you. If you even need me to give it, you have my permission to post it on the website and use my name. Thank you for some great memories with your website.

Joel Singer
Los Alamitos, California
June 13, 2006

 

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Pup 'N' Taco Hat In January, 2006 Jeremy Goodell sent me these great pix of him and his friends eating my favorite food. Jeremy wrote, "I used to live in Redondo Beach, CA. On New Year's Eve, 1984, a bunch of my friends came over (former fraternity brothers from Pi Kappa Alpha at U.C. Berkeley) and we went to a party thrown by someone I worked with. Everyone crashed at my place and the next day (New Year's Day), we all sat around my apartment eating fast food and watching Bowl Games. Pup 'n Taco on Artesia was one of our stops, as you can see from these photos. I am not sure why I was wearing such short shorts in this photo, and I haven't worn a shirt that tight in about 15 years. MAN THAT TACO LOOKS GOOD!"

Jeremy Goodell Eating Pup 'N' Taco in Redondo Beach, CA - 1984 Jeremy Goodell Eating Pup 'N' Taco in Redondo Beach, CA - 1984 Jeremy Goodell Eating Pup 'N' Taco in Redondo Beach, CA - 1984

 

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Pup 'N' Taco Hat Debbie Newberg Mullen provided these three photos from
the Fountain Valley, California Pup 'N' Taco in 1971. Two
of the photos were taken by Debbie, herself, while she doesn't
recall who took the one of her and Frank. All three photos were
taken with a 126 camera and then scanned, 30+ years later, for your
viewing pleasure!
These are from Debbie:
Frank and Debbie at Pup 'N' Taco
Frank and Debbie
Steve and Dennis at Pup N Taco
Steve and Dennis
Frank and Sandy at Pup N Taco
Frank and Sandy
(Debbie also provided a great note for my PNT Letters page!)

 

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Pup 'N' Taco Hat Phil Johnson, of Liverpool, England provided these four items
from his own Pup 'N' Taco employment experience, circa 1977:

These are from Phil:
Pup 'N' Taco Employee Welcome Cover
Booklet Cover
Spacer Employee Welcome at Pup 'N' Taco
Employee Booklet
Spacer Pup 'N' Taco Pay Stub
Somebody's pay stub...
Spacer Pup N Taco Ingredients
Ingredients
(Phil is also on my Letters page!)

 

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My sone and I in 1980 Yet another example of that great baseball style Pup 'N' Taco cap! Here's me wearing it in November, 1980 (when I was 25 years old) while holding my son when he was just 4 months old...

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