As restaurants throughout Los Angeles pivot to takeout or delivery-only models during the novel coronavirus pandemic, Guerrilla Tacos just announced an offer that could only happen in Southern California: tacos and toilet paper — all in one. Chef Wes Avila created an emergency taco kit for his Arts District restaurant that not only includes all the necessary fixings for a four-person taco dinner, it also comes with four rolls of toilet paper, a nod to the runs on grocery stores and hoarding that has been going on across the country.
The $150 kit can be ordered from the Guerrilla Tacos website and picked up through a window at the restaurant. Every order includes four rolls of toilet paper, five pounds of roasted chicken, five pounds of carne asada, a quart red salsa, a quart green salsa, tortillas, onion, cilantro, rice, beans, and 30 eggs.
Avila’s taco kit arrives within hours of Los Angeles County and City of Los Angeles officials announcing a countywide closure of restaurants and bars, except for takeout and delivery. This directive impacts over 10 million residents and businesses across 88 incorporated cities and countless unincorporated areas outside of the city of Los Angeles. For those who decide to try to ride out the pandemic by offering delivery and takeout — instead of just closing, as many are — the move may be to continue to think of innovative ways to make, sell, and market their food. Last week, West Hollywood’s Employees Only created a cocktail making kit via delivery, and Four Cafe in Eagle Rock is also adding toilet paper to delivery orders.
UPDATED: Guerrilla Tacos cut down toilet rolls to one per order and is now $149 per kit. The toilet paper came from its distributor, not from grocery stores.