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Popular Morro Bay restaurant Taco Temple expanding to San Luis Obispo

Posted at 11:58 AM, Oct 24, 2018

It may not be Tuesday, but it’s official. Taco Temple restaurant will expand and add another location in San Luis Obispo.

Taco Temple first opened in Cayucos in 1998 before moving to their current spot in Morro Bay in the early 2000s.

The co-owners are Jack and Deborah Franklin, Gretchen Ross and Michael Foster, and Jimmy Leage. The group says they’ve been looking to expand for three years.

“There has been so much demand from folks living in South County that we thought the time was right to open another location. This spot was perfect,” Ross said.

The new location is the former home of Margie’s Diner located on Calle Joaquin just off Highway 101. Margie’s was a long-time institution in SLO, serving home-style food. It closed earlier this year. Their other location in Paso Robles remains open.

The Taco Temple website calls its food “California Fusion at its finest.” Locals know it for their tacos, burritos and tostadas, as well as the homemade chips and salsa.

If you’ve eaten there you also know their “slice” of carrot cake looks more like the whole cake!

Ross says they closed escrow on the property last month. Some renovations, including the banquet room and making the property ADA accessible (Americans with Disability Act), are now underway.

“The San Luis restaurant will serve the same great food with the same funky surf vibe,” she said.

After hiring and training are complete, the restaurant will employ about 40 staffers in the San Luis Obispo location. The permitting process is underway with plans to open in early 2019.

Taco Temple in Morro Bay