I'm really excited to share this fun fact, as it's one I've been wanting to write something about since I first started writing the weekly fun facts in 2014.
In The New Scooby-Doo Movies episode "The Spooky Fog," a restaurant in the background is named El Taco. I've have always been incredibly bothered by this ever since I was a kid, because "El Taco" literally just translates from Spanish into "the taco," which is a very lame and uncreative name for a Mexican restaurant. I've been trying to write something about this now for years in a fun fact, but couldn't think of anything other than "there's this restaurant named El Taco in an episode and it's really annoying" (which is obviously not noteworthy enough for a fun fact).
However, I just recently learned from a friend visiting from Arizona that "El Taco" is actually a huge restaurant chain in Tucson (Arizona) comprised of nearly 20 restaurants. Currently, there is only one left open.
I couldn't find a date for when El Taco first opened, but this article says that the restaurant was around long before Taco Bell was a thing, which makes me wonder if "El Taco" was a legitimate restaurant that the Hanna-Barbera writers were referencing back then.
Anywho, thanks for reading my little jumbled thought process that I've called this week's "fun fact." I'm sure I'm far more excited about this than anyone else lol.