Mighty Taco

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Mighty Taco
Industry Fast food
Founded Buffalo, New York, U.S. (1973)
Founder Dan Scepkowski
Andy Gerovac
Ken Koczur
Bruce Robertson
Headquarters East Amherst, New York, U.S.
Number of locations
Area served
Western New York
Products Tacos, burritos, fajitas, roastitos
Owner Dan Scepkowski
Number of employees
Website mightytaco.com

Mighty Taco is a Mexican-style fast-food restaurant chain in the Buffalo, New York, United States, area.[2] Mighty Taco restaurants are owned and operated by Mighty Taco Inc., a privately owned corporation. The Super Mighty, El Niño Burrito, Roastitios and Buffitos are signature products of Mighty Taco.[3][4][5][6] Other menu items include tacos, burritos, fajitas and nachos, as well as vegetarian and meatless options.[6][7]


Original Mighty Taco sign, 1975

The first Mighty Taco opened at 1247 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo, NY on August 31, 1973. There were four owners: Dan Scepkowski, Andy Gerovac, Ken Koczur and Bruce Robertson. Dan Scepkowski is the current owner of the company, having bought out the other founders. As of March 2018, Mighty Taco has 23 locations throughout the Western New York region.[8]

Mighty Taco opened its first restaurant in the Rochester, NY area in April 2012, the second location outside the Buffalo market, the first one outside the Buffalo market since the closure of the Fredonia, NY location in 2003. On June 16, 2014 the second Rochester area location opened in Greece. The Greece location is closed as of July 10, 2017.[9] On January 25, 2016 the first Mighty Taco in the Syracuse area opened up in Cicero. The Cicero location is closed as of December 30, 2016.[10]

On August 31, 2013, Mighty Taco marked its 40th anniversary.


A Mighty Taco in Cheektowaga

Chow Down ordering service[edit]

On October 25, 2010, Mighty Taco began offering an online ordering service called "Chow Down", shipping Mighty Taco Beef and Cheese, or Bean and Cheese Burritos, to anywhere in the United States.[11] This serves as a national catering service that ships the restaurant's food in bulk orders.[12]


Mighty Taco is known for having unusual, somewhat surreal TV advertisements, created by Paragon Advertising (which went out of business in 2015).[13][14] Several of these commercials are also designed to be permissible on commercial-free public television stations, and WNED-TV airs the advertisements when promoting Mighty Taco as a supporter. Their radio advertisements are usually parodies of popular culture, such as prescription drug commercials, with a non sequitur at the end of the commercial directing listeners to Mighty Taco.[15]

Inside of a Mighty Taco located on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore, New York

In April 2014, Mighty Taco earned international notoriety for their advertising campaign banning Russian President Vladimir Putin from the chain.[16]


  1. ^ Deluca, Michele. "Islanders storm Mighty Taco's grand opening » Features". Niagara Gazette. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ Pedersen, L. (2010). Buffalo Unbound: A Celebration (in Italian). Fulcrum Publishing. p. 15. ISBN 978-1-55591-787-6. Retrieved December 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Putin Banned From Taco Restaurant". HuffPost. April 4, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2017. 
  4. ^ Cady, B.; Lewis, J.; Pecsenye, J.; Conlan, B. (2005). University of New Hampshire College Prowler Off the Record. College Prowler off the Record Guides. College Prowler. p. 47. ISBN 978-1-59658-168-5. Retrieved December 5, 2017. 
  5. ^ Fagenson, Zachary (April 2, 2013). "Rochester NY: Fried Comfort Food and Friendly Folks Galore". New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Retrieved December 5, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Moses, Sarah (January 19, 2016). "Mighty Taco, a Buffalo favorite, to open in Cicero". syracuse.com. Retrieved December 5, 2017. 
  7. ^ Reisenauer, C.; Cady, B.R. (2011). University at Buffalo 2012. College Prowler, Incorporated. p. 43. ISBN 978-1-4274-9720-8. Retrieved December 5, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Locations". Mighty Taco. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ Thompson, Howard (July 13, 2017). "Mighty Taco closes restaurant in Greece". WHEC News10NBC. Retrieved December 5, 2017. 
  10. ^ House, Samantha (December 31, 2016). "Less than a year after opening, Mighty Taco closes in Cicero". syracuse.com. Retrieved December 5, 2017. 
  11. ^ George, Eli. "Mighty Taco shipping burritos to 48 states". WIVB.com. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Mighty Taco - Chow Down". store.mightytaco.com. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  13. ^ "Paragon Advertising Agency status". Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  14. ^ Lonely Planet USA. Travel Guide. Lonely Planet Publications. 2016. p. 346. ISBN 978-1-76034-127-5. Retrieved December 5, 2017. 
  15. ^ ineedfood5478 (2008-07-10), First Mighty Taco Commercial ever made, retrieved 2016-12-08 
  16. ^ Putin banned from 'Mighty Taco' restaurant. Associated Press (April 4, 2014). Retrieved April 4, 2014.

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