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Adios Senor Taco

KINGMAN – Locals made a mad-dash to the Dairy Queen yesterday for a final bite of nostalgia, somewhat marking the end of an era.

Wednesday was the last day the restaurant served Senor Taco’s Mexican food items that have remained on the Dairy Queen menu.

The two restaurants merged under Dairy Queen years ago at the location serving as a popular destination point for long-time residents of all ages. The corporation is implementing a policy for all franchises to serve only standard Dairy Queen menu items.

“We grew up coming here,” said long-time Kingman resident Jamie Scott.

“This was like the hangout when we were kids. It’s heartbreaking.”

Fans of the taquitos, burritos, tostadas and others crowded the ordering lines and hung out for most of the mid-afternoon hours. Kim Esquibel, an employee from years back, joined a friend for one last bite of the grub she grew up with, Mexican food she said was always made fresh and unique compared to neighboring fast food joints.

“It is truly homemade. They make everything from scratch,” she said.

“It’s definitely old-school. It’s one of the last places that people from high school used to hang out. It will truly be missed, that’s for sure,” Monica Caron said.

Ruby Duey, a resident since 1986, said she was considering going back a second time on the last day for her favorite – a bean & cheese burrito and tostada.

“They’re burritos, tacos, just being there. It’s what’s left of Senor Taco. We all went to school here. At the sound of the bell, we used to jump in our cars and race down Clacks Canyon to get Senor Taco’s burritos and tacos.

“It’s something we’ve been doing our whole lives in Kingman. It’s just sad to see it go.”

Store management said they weren’t exactly happy to stop serving Senor Taco specialties.

The Kingman Dairy Queen will continue to serve burgers, fries and non-Mexican food standard at other Dairy Queen restaurants.

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