Sad News: Rusty Fenton of Rusty Taco Died This Morning

via parkcitiespeople.com (File photo: Christina Barany)
via parkcitiespeople.com (File photo: Christina Barany)

We heard through the grapevine that Rusty Fenton, the man who founded Uncle Julio’s and Rusty Taco, passed away this morning from cancer.  The veteran restaurateur opened his first taqueria along Greenville Avenue in 2010, and his successful mechanic-shop-turned-taco-shop even made our list of “The Best Tacos in Dallas.”

Joe Fenton, Rusty’s brother, posted this on his Facebook today:

My brother, Rusty Fenton, passed away early this morning after a long battle with cancer. Please pray for his wonderful wife, Denise, and his four amazing and beautiful daughters, Kara, Katie, Emma, and Ellie. He is a great man, but more importantly, a great Dad, a great husband, and a great guy.

Rusty Taco won’t be the same without its founder. What a sad Monday. We’ll be thinking of Rusty’s friends and family here on SideDish.

UPDATE: Services for Rusty will be held this Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Church, located at 8011 Douglas Ave Dallas, TX 75225 (214) 363-5471. Reception will follow at Rusty Taco, Greenville Ave.

13 comments on “Sad News: Rusty Fenton of Rusty Taco Died This Morning

  1. This is just awful news. Rusty was one of the single most friendly, generous, and helpful guys I’ve met in the industry – and what a great sense of humor. He provided so much help and guidance to me as we contemplated opening Cane Rosso. This is such a huge loss for the restaurant community.

  2. Rusty was such a nice guy. He was very instrumental in helping me get my business to the next level. I had never even met the man – someone just suggested “call Rusty he will help you”. That is all it took- one call. After that we had multiple meetings and became friends. He will be missed.

  3. This town will miss Rusty. He was among the most supportive people I’ve ever met. I’m so glad I was able to see him recently. He hinted that this was coming but I chose to let it go over my head until today. It’s truly heartbreaking.

  4. Only had the privilege of meeting Rusty once – but he made a lasting impression. God bless you Rusty and condolences to his sweet family.

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  6. My thoughts and condolences go out to his family. I loved his personality and his concept. Rest in peace.

  7. Rusty was the most kind, genuine and caring person around. His sincerity and warmth would fill the room.
    You have touched many lives and will always be fondly remembered.

  8. Rusty was the most kind, genuine and caring person around. His sincerity and warmth would fill the room.
    You have touched many lives and will always be fondly remembered.

  9. A very sad day for the Dallas restaurant community. What a great soul. I was always amazed at his generous nature and healthy outlook on life. I am proud to have known him. He was, and will continue to be, an inspiration.

  10. Rusty was such a great guy. He will be missed by many. My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with his dear family.

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