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Taco Del Mar to become Mediterranean fast food

By Heidi · February 16th, 2010 · 12 Comments

People trying to fill their Taco Del Mar punch cards will have to look outside of Fremont to do so now.  For the past couple of weeks, many of you have been wondering if the closure of the Fremont location was just temporary (after all, this isn’t the first time it’s been closed).  A sign on the outside of the space at 3526 Fremont Place N indicates that the close is for real and that a new Mediterranean fast food restaurant will be moving into its place. 


The new restaurant is called Sinbad and according to the large banner they’ll be offering items including gyros, falafels and kabobs.  No word yet as to when they’ll be open but I’ll keep you posted when I find out.

Last month Taco Del Mar Franchising filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  The Mexican fast-food chain’s stores were expected to stay open and individual franchisees were said not to be in bankruptcy.  It’s unclear if the Chapter 11 filing has any relation to the closure of Taco Del Mar’s Fremont location.

  • Name

    Meditarian food? sounds authentic . . .

    • BallardIsThriving

      Yeah… I hope they cook better than they spell. And didn’t the sign maker have spell-check?

      Now that I think about it, I’m not sure if more disappointed by the sign-maker or the store owner.


      I’d guess it’s a deliberate spelling — Mediterranean + vegetarian = meditarian. The “vegan” line underneath was a tipoff.

  • zipper

    English is not their first language…and why care so much about spelling?

    Mark Twain-

    “I don’t give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way. “

  • briananpugs

    Vegan? No! Say it aint so! I was really hoping for a good quick-gyro place within walking distance. :(

    • Anthony

      Do you fear that you’ll explode in a cloud of compassion were you to eat so much as a single meal that doesn’t have meat in it? Or to eat at an establishment that offers so much as a single vegan option along with the usual brutality and listeria?

      Somehow Dick Gregory, Geezer Butler, and Emily Deschanel manage to succeed without pretending to be carnivores. Open your mind and you could too.

  • briananpugs

    I can only hold out hope that they have both vegan and meat options. (crossing my fingers)

    • SPG

      The sign mentions Kabab and Shawarma…unless they're going to be doing those with tofu.

      • briananpugs

        yeah, I saw that….i’ll just have to hold out hope that they don’t offer only tofu and veggie options. :) (nothing against tofu, i’m just a meat eater)

      • Anthony

        Herbivore in San Francisco offers a freakin' delicious schwarma made with seitan. There's more to eating cruelty-free than tofu, folks.

  • holz

    sweet. we've been missing doeners… maybe we'll finally have a place in seattle w/ affordable doener kebabs.

  • Name

    We have so few strictly vegan restaurants in this town. It really irks me that so many folks on these blogs complain when a new one opens! Go to one of the hundreds of other options in town if you don't want tofu.

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