Don’t look now, but this beloved restaurant concept is considering a return to Ohio

Jack McLaughlin

While some may not be familiar with the name today, in the 1980s, Zantigo was one of the more popular Mexican-inspired fast food chains in central Ohio. And while the concept is long-gone from the Arch City, it appears the brand has a comeback in mind.

Yesterday, Zantigo posted the following statement to its official social media accounts:

“We haven’t forgotten our Ohio amigos! We, too, are trying to work out just how to bring the Zantigo name back to the area. Until then, thank you for your zeal for the zest.

– The Zantigo Team”


It’s unclear which Ohio cities Zantigo is exploring, but it is clear the concept has considered coming back to the Buckeye state. Zantigo could not be reached for comment by the time this story was published.

The chain was founded under the name Zapata, and got its start in St. Paul, Minnesota in the late 1960s. The brand was sold to Taco Bell in 1986 and disbanded, but was relaunched a decade later under new ownership in Minnesota.

Here’s to hoping.

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