Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
Taco Bill's (aka Mexican Cantina)
379 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne
A favourite Friday spot. I seem to remember that it was Barry Wells who knew the restaurant as a local and initiated the move there as he had spent time in Mexico, although he always claimed the fare was definitely American-
On early visits (it was then unlicensed), we weren't sure what to drink with “Tex-
It was called the Mexican Cantina when we first went there, later becoming the first Taco Bill's and managed by a five-
The building was originally the Forester's Arms Hotel, first licensed in 1865 when the address was shown as 181 Clarendon Street.
The Forester's Arms was de-
Two others, the Britannia on the corner of Clarendon and Dow Streets and the Rose of Denmark (in Napier Street)  adjacent to the Taco Bill's car park were closed by the 1920 hearing, the other three, the Limerick Arms on the corner of Park Street and the Cricket Club and Emerald (then Hill's) to the east survived.
After closure, the building was listed with dual occupants until the late 1920s when it housed a printing works for many years. In the 1960s and early 1970s, it was used as a bakery before being refurbished and re-
Like Leo's, the College Lawn and a couple of others, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" seems to be the successful principle applied to the entire Taco Bill chain.
The building however carries a fairly dubious sign claiming to the "the first of the chain" and having opened in 1967 -
The ""original" Taco Bill's appears to have been in Fitzroy Street, St. Kilda, first noted in directories in 1968, but as the sign says, probably from 1967.
 Remarkably, South Melbourne Cellars is still run by the Batsilas family, originally of Spanish descent. Equally remarkable is that I discovered during earlier research into the Britannia that my maternal great-
 The Rose of Denmark has its own moment of glory in the historical sun -
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