Taco Deli, Longtime Local Eatery, Closes as Owner Seeks to Retire

Taco Deli
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Taco Deli, which had been in business in La Cañada Flintridge since 1998, closed last weekend, prompting Facebook posts expressing sadness.

Taco Deli, which had served La Cañada Flintridge for more than 20 years, shut down over the weekend, leaving lasting memories of its tacos, burritos and breakfasts.
“I just want to retire. I’ve been planning that since I became 70,” owner Julie Sarkissian said, laughing, on Friday. When asked her current age, she simply said: “I’m of retirement age.”
The night before, at 7:19 p.m. last Thursday, Taco Deli posted a message on Facebook that read: “We will be closing our doors on 6/29/2019. We thank you for the decades of support and making Taco Deli a success for this many years. It has been very rewarding to serve such special community.”
As of Monday, there were more than 35 comments on the page, all expressing sadness about the closure.
The business located at 456 Foothill Blvd. Suite C was founded in 1998, according to an article in The Outlook’s Fiesta Days issue that was posted on Taco Deli’s Facebook page.
Sarkissian said her employees, three full-time cooks and two part-time workers, were notified of the restaurant closure ahead of time.
“They have been informed and know what’s going on,” Sarkissian said. “I’m making sure they have their work. They’ve been with us for a long time. More than anything, Taco Deli is a family up here. I want to make sure they have the income that they miss.”
Community members are disappointed she is leaving and taking away, as the menu stated, the “fresh, healthy, tasty” items.
“I’ve been looking at Facebook and all the comments,” Sarkissian said. “I’m hoping whoever [moves in] here can equal or do a better job, because people care about what they eat. We are one of the healthiest places around. It’s always fresh, always healthy and always tasty.”
Some of the most popular menu items included “anything” fish or shrimp, Sarkissian said.
She said the business was a family project that included her husband, Sako, until he died in 2005. Her son Michael and daughter Annie worked at the restaurant, but they “wanted to follow their own dream, so they did.”
Ultimately, she wanted to thank the La Cañada Flintridge community for its years of support in making the location a success.
“I have lots of gratitude,” Sarkissian said.

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