Mr. Taco owner files lawsuit to keep recipes from being sold or published

Posted at 10:31 AM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 10:31:53-04

Lansing residents are still anxiously awaiting the reopening of Mr. Taco. But the man trying to reopen the popular restaurant is now fighting to keep Mr. Taco recipes from being sold or published.

In May of 2015, Bill Bonofiglo posted on Facebook that he would be reopening Mr. Taco in its former location on Martin Luther King in Lansing. He promised to use the original recipes which delighted fans of the red-all meat burrito.

Bonofiglo has now filed a lawsuit against the widow of one of the former shareholders in the company, Sheryl Eytcheson.

Her husband Mark was one of the three shareholders in the company founded by Bonofiglo's father Eugene in 1966. In a statement issued to FOX 47 News, Bonofiglo's attorney says the Eytcheson's "relinquished their stock in BEC Land Co, Inc, the company which owns the recipes and all Mr. Taco assets, at the end of 2012, a little more than a year before Mr. Eytcheson passed away."

Bonofiglo is requesting Eytcheson return any copies of the Mr. Taco recipes. He says she has expressed an interest in selling the recipes and refuses to return them. Sheryl Eytcheson told the Lansing State Journal she could not provide comment at this time.

The issue will go before an Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Friday at 9:00 a.m. No word on when Mr. Taco will open on Martin Luther King in Lansing.