Pup 'N' Taco
(also spelled with a lower case 'n') was a privately-owned chain of fast-food restaurants
in Southern California
, with its headquarters based in Long Beach, California
. The business was begun by Russell Wendell
. At that time, it was only a drive-in restaurant that served both tacos and hot dogs. At the time Russell owned a chain of successful doughnut
stores in Los Angeles
- Big DoNut
- which featured gigantic doughnuts on top of a drive-in bakery. The first officially branded Pup 'N' Taco was opened in Pasadena, California
The menu consisted of tacos, tostadas, pastrami sandwiches, burgers, several varieties of hot dog (the "pup" in Pup 'N' Taco) and french fries. Beverages included R.C. Cola, root beer and a variety of flavored slushes.
Ninety-nine stores were bought by Taco Bell in 1984, effectively ending the history of the chain. However, three operations in Albuquerque, New Mexico were not included in the deal and two still exist today as 'Pop 'N' Taco, the same as in Los Angeles.
In the 1985 comedy Fletch
, starring Chevy Chase
, Chase's character enters Alan Stanwyk's home and greets the Hispanic maid
by saying Pup 'N' Taco. He greets several Hispanic people throughout the movie
by saying the names of Hispanic places or using mock-Spanish.