The Amapola Rico Taco opened its first restaurant in March 1975. The original name of this first location was Amapola Drive-In. It was an old A&W restaurant located at 1279 W. Baseline in the city of San Bernardino. Its founder is Rosina Gallardo, who migrated here from Zacatecas, Mexico. She brought with her, her delicious recipes and her strong desire to succeed.
That combination proved fail proof, and she quickly acquired loyal life long customers. Within two years she opened her second restaurant located at 596 N. Mt Vernon Ave. It was at this time that she added the word Rico Taco to the restaurant name. You could come here and feel like you were literally eating at a corner taco stand in Mexico. This restaurant was one of the few places where one could find authentic dishes like, lengua (beef tongue), cabeza (beef head), birria (goat), as well as the classics such as, carne asada (steak), and carnitas (pork). But of course, no one can argue that what put the Amapola Rico Taco on the map was our exquisite chile verde (green chile pork)!
In 1985 Rosina’s dreams of success truly began to come true. She acquired her first SBA loan and the old A&W building was demolished. In its place came a brand new restaurant with indoor sitting and a drive-thru to better serve her customers. In August of 1999, she opened her third drive-thru location at 7990 Tippecanoe in San Bernardino.
Although we continue to be a business run by family, we incorporated in 2004.
2005 was a year of great expansion. That year we opened our official corporate offices and catering kitchen. In addition to our restaurants, our customers can now have our delicious food catered to their special event. This new kitchen is located adjacent to our first restaurant where it all began.
In June of this same year we opened our fourth location at 291 e Valley, Suite A in the city of Colton.
We want to continue to grow. After almost 40 years, it is still our priority to keep Rosina’s desire of providing excellent quality food and outstanding service to all our loyal customers. Thanks to all of you who have made that possible. We look forward to serving you!
Thanks to our great costumers in the city of San Bernardino, we are proud to announce the opening of our newest location at 2390 Del Rosa Ave. This new location serves all the delicious food you have come to expect from us, with the convenience of a drive-thru.