Hermosa holdout

By Richard Foss

The Beach Cities are noteworthy for their lack of fast food chain restaurants in our downtowns – there are plenty on PCH, but not a single one west of the highway. There used to be one exception, a Taco Bell south of the pier in downtown Hermosa. They served mediocre Americanized tacos and burritos to hungry but penurious musicians at the Lighthouse and adjacent clubs and were popular with the eccentric dwellers in the then-shabby hotel above what is now…