As previously speculated, it seems that the Guerrilla Tacos team is indeed making way for their first-ever brick and mortar location in the Arts District. The plan is to have the space fully realized by sometime mid-summer next year, which is great news for anyone who’s been chasing the truck all over town for the past few years. It also means some big changes for chef Wes Avila and his team.
The announcement of the first-ever standalone location came on the evening of Guerrilla Tacos’ four year anniversary, in a party celebrated in Boyle Heights with a couple of hundred fans and friends. As Eater’s own fan theory predicted, Avila unveiled a video shot inside the raw new space, announcing plans to bring all-day eats to the Arts District by mid-next year.
Per a few renderings shown in the video, Avila and his team will have some room to work with in the new space, which should also include some bar space and a good amount of table seating. The video didn’t expressly provide a street address, but expect the new storefront space to drop near Blue Bottle off Mateo Street.
Even more interesting is the possibility that Guerrilla Tacos will move off the streets entirely once the brick and mortar is live. Avila hinted as such in his thank you speech to the crowd, saying that the coming months would perhaps be the last time to get tacos from the new rig once the space comes to life. That’s not confirmed though, so it’s possible the truck keeps running even after the doors open on the standalone location.
Avila has also long had a desire to bring multiple locations (in multiple cities) of Guerrilla Tacos to life. That would make this first one a sort of proving ground for the concept moving forward, and could mean a slew of new activations coming pretty quickly on the heels of the opening, though those deals remain to be seen. For now, get your tacos from the truck when and where you can.