Elmer’s Tacos founder Claudio ‘Elmer’ Cuen passes away at age 70

BY Jess Harter Thursday, December 31, 2015

ElmersTacosFoundersBW123115Condolences to Elmer’s Tacos, the longtime Chandler taco shop that lost its founder this week. Claudio ‘‘Elmer’’ Cuen passed away Sunday at age 70.

Cuen, a Sonora native, moved from Los Angeles and opened Elmer’s in 1974 just a few feet north of its current location. The menu offers a variety of Sonora-style tacos and burros.

Located across the street from Chandler High School, it’s a popular hangout for students, generations of whom have grown up on Elmer’s signature “strips’’ – corn tortilla strips with cheese and hot sauce for about a dollar.

The restaurant’s fans are holding a meet-up at the restaurant from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday to eat and share memories of Cuen.

Cuen is survived by his wife, eight children, 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

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