Tacos GTO is trading in their truck for brick and mortar.
After five years in Longmont, Tacos GTO has found a permanent home at 516 Main Street. The family operation is aiming for a June opening but no permanent date has been set. Owned by Miguel Arredondo, along with his wife Margarita and their two children, Wendy and Josh, the truck has been parked at 23 S Main by Mi Nina’s Boutique and El Vaquero Western Wear for the last few years.
The Arredondo family recipes have their roots in the Guanajuato state in central Mexico, where Miguel grew up. After cooking his traditional recipes for friends and families at parties, he was encouraged to try it professionally.
“It was around my freshman year in high school we went to pick up a family friend and this truck had a ‘for sale’ sign,” said Wendy.. “My dad said ‘I hope they don’t mind ringing the door, because I want to buy that truck’ and two weeks later it was ours.”
Moving into a permanent space is a big step for the family and they are all in. Josh helps with the food prep, currently out of Longmont’s commissary kitchen, as well as renovates the new space when he’s not in school.
“My dad always had this vision of opening up a restaurant and we’ve been wanting to expand out of the food truck for a while. The timing was right,” Josh said.
Though their food is dialed in, getting the restaurant space ready and all the paperwork in order has been a big challenge. Wendy has been helping her family with the business and social media side of things, in addition to attending college.
“It’s a huge step, but after this last year with COVID, we really want to use food to bring people together,” Wendy said. “My dad loves making people happy and seeing them enjoy his cooking, it’ll be so much better doing that in a restaurant space.”