Dave's Tacos founder died, restaurant will be closed for a week

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A popular Bakersfield restaurant owner who started his business with a small taco truck has passed away.

David Jiu of "Dave's Tacos" passed away Sunday night. His family said his restaurant will be closed until Jan. 14.

Jiu's business began in 1982 in Pumpkin Center.

Then Jiu sold his tacos on Wall Street in downtown Bakersfield more than a decade ago then moved into the building on Chester Avenue.

That business had grown in popularity since then.

His family released a statement on their Facebook page Tuesday, saying, 

"Sunday night we lost our founder, father, husband, brother and friend. Our Lord and savior has taken him home to rest in peace. His legacy lives on through us (his kids) that are carrying on his dream of leaving his mark in Bakersfield." 

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