Taco Time

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Taco Time
Industry Food
Founded January 1959; 59 years ago (1959-01)
Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
Founder Ron Fraedrick
Headquarters Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S. (2003)
Number of locations
Over 300 (2010)
in United States, Canada, Curacao/Netherlands Antilles, and Kuwait
Key people
Kevin Gingrich (Brand President)
Products Tacos, burritos, and other Tex-Mex cuisine-related fast food
Owner MTY Food Group
Parent Kahala Brands
Website tacotime.com

Taco Time (stylized as TacoTime) is an American fast-food restaurant chain specializing in Mexican food.[1][2] The chain has over 300 locations in the US and Canada.[3][4] It was founded in Eugene, Oregon in 1959 by Ron Fraedrick.


The chain was founded in Eugene, Oregon, in 1959 by Ron Fraedrick, who opened the first restaurant near his alma mater, the University of Oregon, at 13th Avenue and High Street in January 1960.[5][6] In 1962, the first Taco Time franchise opened in Tacoma, Washington.[7] In the 1970s, the company expanded to 48 restaurants in seven Western states.[7] In 1978, the company franchised its first international restaurant in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.[7]

In 1979, Taco Time Northwest became a licensee with the rights to franchise and operate the Taco Time concept independently.[2] Taco Time Northwest's operating region includes Western Washington from Longview to the Canada–United States border and the eastern Washington cities of Wenatchee and Moses Lake.

Taco Time has since expanded, now holding more than 300 franchises in the United States, Canada, Kuwait, and Netherlands Antilles (Curaçao). During the 1990s, there were also multiple locations in Greece.[8]

In 2003, the company was bought by Kahala Brands of Scottsdale, Arizona.[7]


  1. ^ Group, T.P.L.; Arden, L. (2010). 220 Best Franchises to Buy: The Essential Sourcebook for Evaluating the Best Franchise Opportunities. Crown Publishing Group. p. pt258-259. ISBN 978-0-307-43211-7. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "This Taco Chain Isn't Really About The Tacos". Food & Wine. October 26, 2017. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ "3 years after hoax, Bethel will have its tacos". KTOO. September 3, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Soiled plastic in his taco, then poor customer service". Statesman Journal. April 26, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  5. ^ Barker, George (December 14, 1984). "Taco Time: Original Structure Moves to Springfield". The Register-Guard. 
  6. ^ Smith, A.F. (2011). Fast Food and Junk Food: An Encyclopedia of What We Love to Eat. ABC-CLIO. p. 594. ISBN 978-0-313-39394-5. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d Baker, Mark (October 1, 2017). "Man who started Taco Time in Eugene remembered". The Register-Guard. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  8. ^ Restaurant Business. Restaurant Business. 1996. p. 54. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 

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