Local taco favorites Guisados just can’t seem to stop opening restaurants. It says a lot about the homegrown company’s product and perseverance in a market already saturated by tacos that owner Armando de la Torre and his son Armando Jr. are willing to drop a fifth location in nearly as many years, this time right in the thick of downtown Burbank.
Signage is up as of yesterday on the space along North San Fernando Boulevard, across from Tender Greens and deep in the suburban core of the neighborhood. The storefront is a former juice shop that's currently finishing up construction both inside and out, which means that by the end of September guests will be able to mosey in for a sampler platter themselves — or to eat the whole menu.
Like some of the newest iterations of Guisados, this 2,000 square foot location will also carry beer and wine at some point in the near future. It's become a strong component of the late evening side of the restaurant, whereas lunch at the other locations in Boyle Heights, Downtown, West Hollywood, and Echo Park have always been top billing.
As for plans for future sites? Expect slow and steady growth. Guisados is still heavily reliant on their commissary kitchen in Boyle Heights to make masa and handle lots of other details, which means they can't grow bigger than their supply chain will allow.
Still, this new location in Burbank is great news not only for the neighborhood, but for the company at large. Much like Wes Avila and his forthcoming brick and mortar version of Guerrilla Tacos in the Arts District, the mantra for both companies remains simple: today Los Angeles, tomorrow the world.
312 N. San Fernando Blvd.