The Mexican/American fast-food chain was started in Riverside by an early Del Taco cohort — Dick Naugle — back in 1970.
However, Naugle sold the three-restaurant chain in 1979 to Harold Butler, the founder of Denny’s, and Butler grew it to 225 restaurants, with several in the Inland Empire.
The chain was sold again in 1986 and then in 1988 was merged with Del Taco, when businessman Aniwar Soliman purchased both chains.
The majority of the Naugles restaurants were converted to Del Tacos shortly afterward, although some of the Naugles items lived on by making their way onto Del Taco’s menu.
I’ll be the first to admit that the Inland Empire doesn’t have everything.
And one of the things it doesn’t have is Galco’s Soda Pop Stop.
You see, Galco’s is home to hundreds of soda varieties from the U.S. and around the world, and it’s the “around the world” part that’s the focus of Galco’s fifth summer soda tasting event.
The “Around the World in 80 Sips” event is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday (July 19), featuring samples of sodas from Japan, France, Italy, Hawaii, England, New York and many other locales.
We’ve mentioned in the past that there are some things worth heading out of the Inland Empire for and one of those things is Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in Highland Park.
While the store (and its hundreds of soda varieties) is worth visiting any time, the last few years the store has hosted a great summer soda tasting event, which doubles as a fundraiser.
This year, the focus is on root beer. The store will have more than 75 varieties of root beers, birch beers and sarsaparillas available for sampling.
It’s time once again for a unique fundraiser that’s worth leaving the Inland Empire for.
It’s the third Summer Soda Tasting at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in Highland Park.
The event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 28.
Proceeds from the event will again benefit the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition, a group whose goal is preserving the Mount Washington landmark and its Native American artifacts.
If you’ve been watching our social media feeds the last couple of days, you might have seen that I was invited to be a guest on the Neil Saavedra’s Fork Report show on KFI AM 640 on Saturday (April 20).
Even though I was a little nervous, it was fun and the time flew by.
You can see a couple of photos taken during the interview on the show’s Instagram feed here and here.
If you want to check out our radio debut, you can listen to it here or download it here. (Our bit begins around 47:35, but feel free to listen to the entire show.)
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So, we’ve got the East Valley covered, the Inland Valley covered, but what about you folks over in the Inland Empire’s West End?
Where are your food trucks?
Why, they’re at Diamond Bar High School, which will be hosting its latest Wheel Food Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow (February 9) in the front lot of the school, 21400 Pathfinder Road.
In addition to the food trucks (including the Inland Empire-based My Delight Cupcakery), there will also be a gaming truck.
Admission is only $1 for students and $2 for everyone else over the age of five. Those under the age of five will be admitted free.
For updates, follow the Diamond Bar High School Wheel Food Fest on Twitter.
Head over the jump for a list of trucks.
OK, Taiwanese chain 85°C Bakery Cafe isn’t in the Inland Empire yet, but they’re soon going to be just over the hill from us.
The third U.S. outlet will celebrate its grand opening at 1 p.m. Wednesday (December 19) at 2626 E. Garvey Ave. South, West Covina. There will be prizes and giveaways for guests in attendance.
Dine 909 has visited the Hacienda Heights location a couple of times and stocked up on delicious pastries and savory treats.
The chain is also known for its salted coffees and teas, which taste much better than they sound.
The stores themselves are kind of a mash-up of Starbucks, Porto’s and a panaderia.
The new location will be the largest of the three here in the U.S. (the other is in Irvine).
Click here for an article on the new store from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s Juliette Funes.