Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro Owners Open Fast-Casual Taco Machin In San Diego's South County

August 2, 2022

The owners of South County San Diego destination restaurant Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro have opened a new, fast casual taco shop concept dubbed Taco Machin.

In 2006, Luis Peña and his wife Martha Plascencia, along with her celebrity chef brother Javier Plascencia, opened Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro in a shopping plaza in San Diego's South County community of Bonita. The restaurant quickly gained a loyal following for its menu of Mediterranean and Mexican fusion dishes and tapas. In 2015, the Romesco team opened the highly anticipated Bracero Cojina de Raiz in San Diego's Little Italy, but Javier Plascencia left the partnership in fall 2017. The decision was ultimately made to convert the restaurant into a second Romesco location, but that branch shuttered in less than 4 months and is now King & Queen Cantina.

Luis Peña and Martha Plascencia have opened a new, modern Mexican taqueria called Taco Machin in a small retail plaza right down the street from Romesco. Expect a rotating array of Tijuana-style tacos and other Mexican staples cooked on a wood-burning grill, as well as beer and Micheladas.

Taco Machin is now open at 4228 Bonita Road in Bonita, CA. For more information, visit