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Inventor of 'puffy taco' dies

Arturo Lopez, 78, passed away Friday

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SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio man known for inventing the 'puffy taco' passed away Friday.

Arturo Lopez, 78, died at his home. He was surrounded by his family, they said.

Lopez was well-known on the city's west side. A graduate of Lanier High School, food was his family's business.

His brother, Ray, started Ray's Drive Inn. His older brother, Henry, is the owner of Henry's Puffy Tacos.

Both restaurants sell the puffy taco, described on Henry's Puffy Tacos website as "deep-fried corn 'masa' dough" which is later stuffed with the usual taco ingredients. Arturo Lopez owns the patent for the puffy taco.

Lopez's daughter was featured on KSAT Flavor Favs in September talking about the local favorite.

A rosary was recited for Lopez Monday evening. A funeral mass will be held Tuesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (1321 El Paso St.).

The family said a final mass and funeral will be held in California.