Salud Tacos Abruptly Shutters In San Diego's Barrio Logan

June 7, 2024

After almost a decade in business, Salud Tacos has abruptly closed in San Diego's historic Barrio Logan community. 

Ernest Becerra's San Diego Taco Company began as a one-man catering cart before blossoming into the first brick-and-mortar location of Salud Tacos, which opened in the heart of San Diego's historic Barrio Logan neighborhood in 2015. Since its debut, Salud has been packing the house in the Barrio with a menu of unique tacos, Mexican street food, handcrafted drinks and local craft beers.  

In addition to Salud & San Diego Taco Catering, Becerra also owned Corazon Del Barrio live music venue in Barrio Logan. Early in 2023, the husband and wife team behind San Diego's historic Til-Two Club in City Heights took over management of Corazon Del Barrio. Last September, the Salud team opened La Bamba Room, a Mexican-Japanese fusion restaurant and listening bar in the neighboring space. 

In a heartfelt post on Salud's social media, Becerra announced the immediate closure of both Salud and La Bamba Room. He indicated that the lease was coming up for the building and he was unable to renew it. There were once additional Salud locations in National City and within Palace Station Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, but those branches have since closed. 

"Over the past dozen years, we have done some amazing things, way beyond any of my expectations," explained Becerra. "Salud was lucky enough to be on the cutting edge of the taco movement that has seemed to conquer the rest of the world this last decade. We started this thing very grass roots and ended up becoming something iconic and recognized worldwide. La Bamba was short lived in Barrio, but man if you know you know. La Bamba was an amazing space and such a gem!"

According to the building's landlord, he had only learned of Salud's closing from the company's announcement on social media. The lease for the 5,200-square-foot space on Logan Avenue was set to expire at the end of May but there were options to renew at the same base rate.  

There is no word on what will come of the Salud Tacos and La Bamba Room spaces at 2196 Logan Avenue in San Diego's historic Barrio Logan. Listen to the full announcement below: