“They didn’t tell me it was tofu until after I ate it.”
You’ve probably heard about Trejo’s Tacos, the taco spot Danny Trejo is set to launch in Los Angeles. If not, here’s the rundown: Trejo’s restaurant won’t serve al pastor, chorizo or lengua tacos. Along with stuff like carne asada tacos, they make vegan-friendly fare such as tofu tacos and fried avocado tacos. Not exactly traditional, but very L.A.-friendly.
You’ve probably been wondering, “How do they taste?” Chrissy Teigen, Lauren Makk and Leah Ashley of the TV show FABLife had a chance to sample a few of Trejo’s tacos, including a tofu taco. Trejo even took time to explain why he went with a vegan-friendly concept: “A lot of us… we go out to dinner and we go out with 6 or 7 people. Inevitably, someone will say ‘I’m gluten-free’ or ‘I’m vegetarian,’ so we did it for everybody.”
We all know Trejo as Machete but we also all know him as one of the most sincere and active community member. He is always there to help his neighbors and Latinos no matter what. That is exactly what he did this weekend to make sure that everyone was taken care of because of Covid. The virus has made life very hard for people and Trejo just wants to make sure that everything is taken care of, especially food.
Trejo joined The Everest Foundation and LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis.
Trejo is more than an actor. He is a restaurateur with multiple eateries around Los Angeles. The actor owns Trejo’s Cantina, Trejo’s Tacos, and Trejo’s Donuts and Coffee. With his ability to feed, Trejo used his restaurant to give a small amount of relief to some of the people who need it most right now. After months of working through Covid, some frontline workers were given a temporary lifeline from Trejo in the form of food.
The “Bibles and Tacos” event gave food to more than 800 families.
“During this difficult time, we want to give thanks to the East L.A. Community, especially our front-line workers that surround that facility, by spreading some joy this holiday season,” Dr. Michael Everest told NBC Los Angeles. “We are grateful to be working with Trejo’s Tacos to, once again, give back to such an important community.”
The Everest Foundation is dedicated to helping provide opportunities “for the advancement of innovation in medical education and cutting-edge medical research.” The foundation helps to break down the barriers to higher education and medical training that many face when coming from minority communities.
Pandemia. Brote. Vacuna. La Peste. Although you may find these terms in a glossary about the Covid-19 outbreak, that’s not what these words actually refer to. Instead, they’re options on the menu at a Mexican taqueria called “Tacovid: Sabor Viral”, a perhaps surprisingly very successful Coronavirus-themed restaurant.
Although to many having a Covid-themed taqueria may seem morbid or disrespectful or perhaps gross – I mean who wants to order a plague taco? – the taqueria is making light of a very serious situation with humor. Something that several other businesses have done since the pandemic began.
”Tacovid: Sabor Viral” is the Mexican taqueria going viral – pun intended – for its Covid-themed menu.
Ok…virus-themed tacos don’t exactly sound appetizing. Especially, as we’re still in the midst of a very real pandemic. But one 23-year-old man in the Mexican city of León, who was forced to close down his dance studio because of Coronavirus, is counting on a Covid-themed restaurant – and so far he’s been surprised by its success.
Brandon Velázquez converted his dance academy into a taquería at the end of July, and given that Mexico and the rest of the world was – and is – in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic decided to call it Tacovid Sabor Viral.
“I had to close my dance academy during the pandemic [but] then an opportunity arose to return to the same place, however, people still did not go out for fear of getting infected.” he told the newspaper El Universal.
“I had always wanted to open a taqueria and, at the end of July, the opportunity to do so occurred. It was how I took advantage of the moment to create this business with a coronavirus theme,” he added.
Items on the menu are named after – you guessed it – the Coronavirus and don’t sound like anything you’d willfully choose to order.
The young entrepreneur detailed the name of each dish, taking full advantage of the Coronavirus theme.
“We have around 12 different dishes, among them are the ‘Tacovid’; we have ‘Forty’, ‘Quesanitizing’, ‘Pandemic’, ‘Outbreak’, and many others. The price varies depending on the dish you order,” he told El Universal.
In addition to themed dishes, the servers also fit the Coronavirus-theme.
When the pandemic hit Mexico, the government urged Mexicans to observe “su sana distancia” and the now common mascot – Susana Distancia – was born.
“In the restaurant, a waitress dressed as a nurse with the name of ‘Susana’ takes orders and works the tables, referring to the healthy distance campaign that was implemented as a precautionary measure,” he says.
To his surprise – and honestly mine as well – the taqueria has been very successful.
Brandon told El Universal that he’s been pleasantly surprised by the support he has received from customers. “I’m surprised because we have had really good sales, despite the circumstances, we have had a lot of support by the community and we’ve already expanded to have two locations.”
“Customers are funny about the theme we are using in the business, and they are delighted with the dishes we are offering. They enjoy it and have a good time,” added Brandon.
Things are looking so good for Brandon and his Covid-themed taqueria, that he’s looking to expand the food business and add new dishes to the menu. “There is always the idea of new names for other dishes that we want to include in the menu.”
Brandon also said that he’s looking to build out a business model so the restaurant could expand to other parts of the country as a franchise.
Apparently, people are really into Covid-themed foods, as this isn’t the first place that a shop as cashed in on the pandemic. Back in April, a panadería was selling out of Covid-themed baked goods so quickly, they couldn’t keep the shelves stocked.