There’s a lot to love about Wes Avila’s come-up story. The founder of Guerrilla Tacos managed to turn $167 and an illegal cart into a citywide masterpiece, with a brightly-colored truck doing meals from Venice to Silver Lake and a brick and mortar location in the Arts District on the way.
Recently the Mitú team caught up with Avila for a great little mini-documentary on the pride and process behind Guerrilla Tacos. Mitú focuses on Latino-driven stories in Los Angeles and beyond, and they shadowed Avila for a day on the truck, in the new restaurant space near Everson Royce Bar, and in the chef’s own hometown of Pico Rivera.
Though fast-paced, colorful, and fun, the video also reveals a lot about Avila himself — including a late night backyard hang with some of his oldest friends. It’s easy to dismiss Guerrilla Tacos as a gourmet food truck run by former fine dining chef, but that truly misses the point. Thankfully, Mitú’s ongoing What’s Good in Your Hood series on Facebook’s new Watch video platform is here to help.