Dining With Denise Neil

Facebook laments closing of 34-year-old local Mexican restaurant

Taco J’s closed on Saturday after 34 years in business.
Taco J’s closed on Saturday after 34 years in business.

A longtime Haysville restaurant has closed, and its fans are mourning it on social media.

The owners of Taco J’s, a family-owned fast-food Mexican restaurant at 233 N. Main in Haysville, said on Facebook this weekend that the restaurant was closing after 34 years in business. The last day was Saturday.

“After 34 years I regretfully announce that Taco J's will be closing for good. With the cost of product going up we are not comfortable with the prices we need to charge to stay profitable,” the post said.

Reached at the restaurant, a manager said the owners had no comment and were closing the restaurant for personal reasons. He referred me to the Facebook post.

Initially, the owners had planned to keep the restaurant open until today, Monday, Oct. 24. But once word got out that Taco J’s was closing, people flooded the restaurant, according to Facebook. They ran out of food and decided Saturday would be the last day.

Longtime customers spent the weekend lamenting the closing on Facebook.

The late Jim Conley opened the original Taco J’s in 1982 in the space at 47 Street and South Seneca most recently occupied by Rolled Donuts & Meat Pies. It later moved to Haysville in late 2013.