Launched in 2015 in La Jolla Shores, Galaxy Taco closed its doors for good on Wednesday, October 27. Owner Trey Foshee, who is also executive chef-partner at George’s at the Cove, tells Eater that he’s still ironing out the details but is planning to open a new restaurant in the space by spring 2022. Galaxy head chef Christine Rivera and her kitchen staff will move to downtown La Jolla to work at George’s in the interim.
Rivera cooked at George’s California Modern, its fine-dining component, for three years before she was tapped to open Galaxy, where she was recognized for her ambitious tortilla program and named an Eater Young Guns winner in 2016. The casual restaurant with a modern Mexican menu was also known for its events, from book signings and Dia de los Muertos dinners to its popular “Taco Takeover” series with guests chefs from San Diego and beyond.
Foshee cites rising operational costs as one of the main reasons behind the shutter, “The ceiling to what people are willing to pay for good ingredients and well-made Mexican food is too low and we have been fighting against that for six-and-a-half years,” he said, “I’m proud of what we have accomplished there. We had a good run but it’s time for a change.” The chef, who temporarily closed George’s California Modern during the pandemic, says the restaurant will remain on hiatus for now while George’s Ocean Terrace and Level2 bar are still open for business.