Indiana judge rules tacos and burritos are sandwiches

By LG Staff

By LG Staff

May 21, 2024

Are tacos and burritos sandwiches? According to a judge in Indiana, they are.

This ruling is the result of a legal dispute that began in 2022 when Martin Quintana, a developer, announced plans to open his restaurant, “The Famous Taco Mexican Grill,” in a strip mall in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The Allen County Planning Commission rejected his proposal, citing a written commitment Quintana had agreed to. The agreement with a local condo association stipulated that only alcohol-free restaurants without outdoor seating that sold “made-to-order or subway-style sandwiches” could open at the location.

This agreement was intended to prevent certain national fast-food chains from setting up in the strip mall, as stated in court documents obtained by NBC affiliate WPTA. After over two years of legal battles, Judge Craig Bobay from the Allen County Superior Court ruled that Quintana’s plans were permissible based on the original commitment.

In his ruling, Bobay stated that “Famous Taco restaurant is permissible under the terms of the original Written Commitment,” agreeing with Quintana that “tacos and burritos are Mexican-style sandwiches, and the original Written Commitment does not restrict potential restaurants to only American cuisine-style sandwiches.”

Bobay mentioned that the commission could appeal the decision.

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