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Mike Kamio, founder of Anna’s Taqueria, dies

Mike Kamio, owner of Anna's Taqueria.
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Mike Kamio, owner of Anna's Taqueria, in 2014.

Michael “Mike” Yoshiomi Kamio, the founder and owner of Boston’s much-loved Anna’s Taqueria restaurants, died on Feb. 8. According to his obituary, Kamio leaves his wife, Betsy, and three children, Katie, Henry, and Elliott.

Originally from Richmond, Calif., Kamio attended UC Berkeley and began his career in banking and finance. Kamio opened Anna’s Taqueria in 1995, and the chain has since grown to eight locations throughout Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Newton, and Somerville.

“We are deeply saddened to share the passing of Mike Kamio, who was defined by his deep love of family and friends, his selflessness, never-ending thoughtfulness, and willingness to be of service to all who needed his help,” the company said in a statement. “Anna’s Taqueria will continue to operate its eight locations around greater Boston as usual, managed by Mike’s co-founder and wife, Betsy. Now in its 24th year of business, the team behind Anna’s looks forward to a long future as a beloved Boston institution for years to come.”


Condolences poured in online in all platforms, with many devoted patrons sharing their memories of Kamio.

Anna’s Taqueria announced that its restaurants will be closed on Friday in honor of Kamio and so friends and family can attend services.

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