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Ralph Rubio
Chairman and Co-Founder, Rubio's Restaurants, Inc.

San Diego State​

Liberal Studies (1978)
  • He and his college buddies headed to the Baja village of San Felipe every spring where he got hooked on the local fish tacos and perfected a recipe of his own.
  • He opened his first restaurant—a walk-up stand in Mission Bay—in 1983, with his father.
  • Since then, Rubio's Restaurants has sold more than 50 million fish tacos from 180 locations.
  • An industry trendsetter in eco-friendly practices, Rubio's introduced the recyclable "Bottle Box" salad bowl made in California from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles.

Notable CSU Alumni in hospitality & recreation

hospitality & recreation
San Diego