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Matriarch Of Roberto's Taco Shop Dies

Memorial announcement for the late Dolores Robledo, 90, co-founder of Roberto's Taco Shop, July 2020.
Memorial announcement for the late Dolores Robledo, 90, co-founder of Roberto's Taco Shop, July 2020.

The matriarch behind one of San Diego’s most iconic Mexican fast-food chains has died.

Dolores Robledo, who co-founded Roberto's Taco Shop with her husband, will be laid to rest Thursday. She was 90.

The couple opened their first restaurant in 1964 after immigrating to California from the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi. Today, the chain has 70 locations. Roberto's is credited with creating the California burrito and inspiring dozens of "bertos" taco shop offshoots across the Southwest.

Pam Kragen, who wrote an obituary on Robledo in the San Diego Union-Tribune and San Diego food writer Mario Cortez joined Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss Roberto's influence in San Diego and beyond.

Dolores Robledo co-founded one of the nation's first Mexican fast-food chains in the country. She was 90 years old.