On this date in 1975, the Long Beach Independent ran the following advertisement:
The newspaper had run a rave mini-review of the Green Pepper the day before, declaring “For a masterpiece tostada, try the deluxe model, $1.95 at the Green Pepper Mexican Restaurant, 209 Main St., Seal Beach. It is for the ‘one who has much hunger,’ because it is a whopper with meat, beans, grated cheese, mounds of salad and house dressing topped with guacamole. The Green Pepper (closed Sundays) is owned by Henry Lucero and his bride, Betty. It is open for luncheon and dinner offering fresh, colorful Mexican combination dinners, from $2.60, fancy Mexican appetizers, luncheon combos from $1.40; Mexican omelettes, sandwiches, wine margaritas and Mexican beers.”
The Green Pepper and Hank Lucero are gone. After the Green Pepper closed in the early nineties, 209 Main Street was occupied by BJ’s Pizzeria and then Woody’s Diner. Today Avila’s El Ranchitos serves meals in the space where the Green Pepper once operated. But many longtime Seal Beachers still remember Hank Lucero, the Deluxe Tostada, and all the fine Mexican meals they enjoyed at the Green Pepper.
– Michael Dobkins
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