Today we’d like to introduce you to Luis Garcia.
Hi Luis, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Pablo had just turned 18 years old that day January 10, 2020. I invited Pablo to Whittier Boulevard in the city of commerce to visit a friend who had a stand of seafood so we wanted to support. We finished eating and I asked him, you just turned 18 and you need a job! Or do you wanna open a business I asked! He answered a business! I replied okay let’s open a taco business and help sell our mother’s handmade flour tortillas in LA!! It didn’t take long to get to downtown LA and bought our first grill and some cooking equipment… since we did not have any cooking experience, we started to practice on building this only one taco on the menu… 21 days of practice after trying different meats, cheese, salsas and inviting almost every friend and relatives over to come try it every day we finally found it!! (Perro) we decided to start a few weeks after and started by bringing 250 of my mom’s tortillas from Tijuana every week… Pablo would take bus every week on Wednesdays since we did not have another car at the moment and would come back the next morning on Thursday to get ready and serve our taco at our first location on USC village (Hoover/Jefferson)…
After a good month and a half, covid-19 hit and we were banned from the streets!!! During covid lockdown, I personally knew that it was not over and we started planning things better. I knew soon everything was going to be open and July came!! We went out here again now in our neighborhood south LA… Things started to go faster and our sales were way better so we decided to expand and I took the decision on posting another location on Whittier Blvd where our idea was born!
Two months later, we gave up due to health department inspections every day. We ended up in West Covina 15 days later; we were kicked out of the streets due to resident’s complaints. Went to Covina a few blocks away to try our luck and again got kicked out in two weeks! One week later decided to try our luck again next to the train tracks on patata (Cudahy). Three weeks later, we were blessed and we went viral thank God! The opportunity came to us with our first truck and we made it to Downtown LA!!
Things are different now more work has come but we seriously love this process and we’re always working hard to make it better. Now we have all permits to serve the best flour tortilla taco in the world and we also sell the best tortilla on this world.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Too many to name but they were only challenges that made us stronger to find a way and keep moving forward positively.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Before Perro I was a contractor(construction).
If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I was born in Mexico came to the US at eight years old. We come from a single parent Angelina (our beautiful mother). I started working since I was 12 years old doing construction with my oldest brother (rip Tony)to help my mother!
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