It was the summer of 1969. Men landed on the moon for the first time. Woodstock rocked.
And in Lakewood, a family restaurant was born.
Tijuana Taco opened as part of a multi-state chain, but the Lakewood location is the sole survivor, according to Kelli Van Scyoc-Gomez, daughter of Rocky and Sharon Van Scyoc, the original owners.
In August, the restaurant marks 40 years in business at the same location, off 100th Street near Lakewood Towne Center. There are celebrations and special prices all month.
"It has always been a family restaurant," says Kelli Van Scyoc-Gomez, who with her husband Robert will soon take over the management reins. "All of us kids have grown up working here. Our friends have all worked here. And now we see our kids come in to see us and we can't help but think they will be here, too, someday. It's full circle."
Throughout the month of August, Tijuana Taco will celebrate four decades of doing business.
At 5:30 p.m. Aug. 5, there's a ribbon-cutting ceremony with representatives from the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Customers and employees, past and present, are invited.
They're selling anniversary t-shirts and hats, and offering specials: 99-cent bean burritos, bean tostadas and tacos every Wednesday and Sunday in August.
The restaurant opened with less than a half-dozen menu items, but now the menu includes nearly 50. (Find them at www.tijuanatacorestaurant.com)
There are regular daily specials, along with 10-percent discounts for senior citizens and members of the military.
10005 Bristol Ave. S.W.