The Story of pancho's

Randy Kaplan

Randy has been a restaurant owner for over 22 years. His first venture was McBurley’s of Isla Vista, while he was a UC Santa Barbara student. McBurley’s opened in 1985 and became famous for its cheap beer, flame-broiled burgers, and chili-cheese fries. In 1989, he opened The Cantina, a Mexican Grill with jumbo burritos, homemade corn tortillas, and a fresh salsa bar. In 1992, he moved to San Francisco and opened Pancho’s at 1639 Polk St. in San Francisco. Pancho’s, a sister to The Cantina, specialized in fresh homemade Mexican food. Another Pancho’s location was opened in 1998 at 3440 Geary Blvd. in San Francisco.

Francisco "Pancho" Tornez
Kitchen Manager

Pancho worked with Randy at The Cantina, and moved up to San Francisco to help in the opening of Pancho’s. He has over 20 years of restaurant experience. You’ll see him in the kitchen at Roadside BBQ. He’ll be the one basting the ribs in our smoker, mixing the batter for the corn muffins, baking the homemade pies, or chopping, mixing, blending, stirring, sauteeing, and grilling just about everything else for the menu at Roadside.