Pancho’s Vegan Tacos closing its Long Beach location

Pancho’s Vegan Tacos, which has operated in Long Beach for the last year, will close indefinitely, the restaurant’s owner announced on Instagram Saturday.

Pancho’s Las Vegas location will also close, the company announced.

“We are committed to providing our guests and friends with the best quality vegan food and environment,” stated the Instagram post. “That commitment has obligated us to make the difficult decision of indefinitely closing both locations.”

Owner Sacbe Meling, a Downey native, opened his small chain of vegan restaurants in Nevada in 2016. Pancho’s Long Beach restaurant on Seventh Street opened in April 2021.

While Pancho’s obviously sold tacos, its vegan fare also included burritos, tortas, enchiladas, quesadillas, sopes, tostadas, huaraches, albondigas, pozole, nachos, desserts, aqua frescas and vegan horchata.

Pancho’s asada, al pastor and chorizo were all wheat-based. Their chicken was made from soy, while the carnitas from tender jackfruit. Mushrooms and cactus were also used because of their high protein content.

No one answered the phone at Pancho’s Long Beach location, and the voicemail box was full.

Entirely plant-based Mexican restaurant, Pancho’s Vegan Tacos, to open April 6

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Anthony Pignataro is an investigative reporter and editor for the Long Beach Post. He has close to three decades of experience in journalism leading numerous investigations and long-form journalism projects for the OC Weekly and other publications. He joined the Post in May 2021.