How did you decide on Takoma Park for your location?
Carolina: I knew the area—my parents work here—and thought it would be fitting for our vision and concept. But it kind of fell in our laps; this used to be a Subway sandwich shop. We decided to move here from the Bay Area, temporarily, to be near my parents to help with our daughter. Three days later, my dad said, “this might sound crazy, but there’s a Subway Sandwich shop for lease on the main strip in Takoma Park, it would be a good fit for your taqueria concept, and you won’t have to do much since it’s already a kitchen.” That’s not true, we had to do a lot; gut the whole place, install a kitchen, cause’ Subway’s not really a kitchen, just a convection oven. So we just took a chance. We were planning to open a restaurant in, like five years, but you know it’s never really the perfect time to open your own restaurant or business, so when this opportunity came, we thought we could either get random jobs or start something of our own. So we jumped on it, followed our dream.
What’s inspiring you?