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2 October 1996

No One Goes There Anymore

Everyone in the Mission knows that taquerias fund the insurgents. Most businesses don't even try to hide their allegiances. Take the Pancho Villa Taqueria for example: anyone who patronizes a restaurant named after Doroteo Arango has to know where the profits go.

The revolutionary aura is certainly good for business, the humble taqueria has even been favorably reviewed in snooty food magazines like Bon Appétit. That single citation led to a deplorable influx of the nouveau riche and trendy. Now it's like Yogi Berra said: "It's so crowded that no one goes there anymore." Why is it that affluent people always like the radical chic of supporting a revolution as long as it's in someone else's country?

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