Boxing Champion Canelo Alvarez Officially Has Plans To Open A Taco Shop In San Diego

February 3, 2022

It's official! Boxing champion Canelo Alvarez is opening a taco shop in San Diego.

Since summer 2020, rumors have been swirling that 4-division world champion boxer Canelo Álvarez was planning to open a Mexican taco shop in San Diego's South Bay. It has now been confirmed through public records that Alvarez will unveil the first U.S. offshoot of his El Pastor Del Rica Taqueria in the 4,200 square-foot standalone building that was previously an auto parts store on Broadway in San Diego's South County city of Chula Vista.

El Rey Del Pastor Taquería already has a bustling location owned by Canelo Alvarez and his brother Ricardo in their home city of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico, which first opened in 2014. For the San Diego outpost, expect an authentic Mexican street taqueria experience with a variety of meat tacos and quesadillas, including al pastor cooked on a rotating spit, as well as beer and wine. The building is currently under construction with aims to unveil at some point in 2022. 

Alvarez is no stranger to San Diego. The middleweight champion previously owned a home in a gated community in Del Mar from 2013 until it was sold in late 2015. Alvarez also usually hosts his training camp for fights in San Diego, which he has done for eight fights in a row. The 31-year-old Mexican boxer was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and is the 4th highest paid athlete in the world. Alvarez famously blamed eating meat in his native Mexico for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs before a scheduled fight in 2018.

Canelo Alvarez's El Pastor Del Rica Taqueria is anticipated to open by year's end at 645 Broadway in San Diego's South County city of Chula Vista. For more information, visit elpastordelrica.com