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El Taco Rey closing after 45 years

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Xandra McMahon/CPR News
Judy Allen throws some cheese on a smothered burrito in the kitchen at El Taco Rey in Colorado Springs on March 3, 2020.

Restaurants have struggled during the pandemic. Now, a Colorado Springs institution joins those that couldn't outlast the upheaval. El Taco Rey announced its closure on Facebook Thursday afternoon, thanking customers for 45 years. Customers like our former producer, Xandra McMahon, who introduced Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner to the family-run restaurant two years ago, just before the first pandemic restrictions took effect. We want to re-share that experience now. Listening back two years into the pandemic ... it's a haunting example of how times have changed.