Taco Time restaurants celebrating 40th anniversary with tasty week-long trip down memory lane

Photos from forty years of Taco Time thriving in the community. From the founding to the first customer and onto today.

SWEETWATER COUNTY — The Staley family will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the founding of their business by Elden and Barbara Staley from May 5th through May 11th with a trip down a tasty memory lane. Denise and Lee Staley are the owner’s of five locations; two in Rock Springs, one in Green River, one in Lyman and one in Kemmerer. The fast food restaurants will offer a different discount-priced food item that has not been on the menu boards for decades each day of their celebration.

Denise Staley, a co-owner of the businesses with her husband Lee Staley, said,  “It will be a customer appreciation week, to express our appreciation to all our customers after 40 successful years in all of these communities. The theme for the week is ‘Back to the 70’s.” In addition Denise said, “The secret to our success is being a true community partner in all locations, in addition we treat all our employees like family.”  The Staley TacoTime’s are definitely a family affair, where many second and third generations have worked for the business.

The Back to the 70’s theme will be expressed both in the prices and atmosphere in each of the stores. The items that are being featured this week were some of the first items introduced on the original TacoTime menu and some of the customer’s favorites.

Jamie Buell, Director of Operations for the five-restaurant business, said, “We wanted, for the week’s events, to bring back the original menu, original Taco Time favorites—things that members of the community were used to when they were younger.”

“At TacoTime we pride ourselves in fresh, hand crafted items every day,” Staley said. “We offer our customer’s the opportunity to have their items made just the way they like them”. TacoTime has a flavor profile that is indeed craveable.

Some unique specials this week start with the Cinco de Mayo Celebration on Monday with .70 crisp tacos and no limit all day long.  Then on May 7th we will offer the first 70 customers a free 32 oz. refillable mug, where refills will only be .79 in the future.

The original Staley’s TacoTime was located in the Plaza Mall, and was one of the first fast food restaurants in Rock Springs, according to Staley. She said, “A lot of people in the area got their first job at Taco Time.”

Staley continued, “When we moved from the Plaza Mall and closed that location, the Staley family built a free-standing building on Dewar Drive across from K Mart;  from there we just kept adding locations in Green River, another location in Rock Springs,  Lyman and Kemmerer. The way it all began, she said, was that Elden Staley was a heavy equipment operator and, he and Barbara put his entire retirement money and personal family savings to start the  TacoTime business. “It was a huge risk they took,” Staley said. “They chose tacos because Barbara was a school lunch lady and knew that every time the school lunch served tacos, all the students ate school lunch.”

Staley said one of her best memories was completing the Taco Time building on Elk Street. “My husband Lee was the general contractor for this project and he took everything we learned over the years into consideration when building this beautiful store.. It’s a great memory because it was a dream come true. So building the current Elk Street building was a real pivotal point for us.”


The week’s schedule and celebration can be followed on their facebook page Staley’s Taco Time’s.


May 5:  $.70 Crisp Tacos.

May 6:  $2.70 Tacoburger.

May 7:  $2.70 Combo Burrito. The first 70 customers will get a free 32 oz. refillable mug.

May 8:  $1.70 Bean Tostada

May 9:  $2.70 Single Beef Enchilada

May 10:  Free rice and beans

May 11:  Free chips and cheese


The  current winter hours for the restaurants are:


Mon.-Thurs.:  6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday:  6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday:  8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday:  8 a.m. to 9 p.m.