This Beloved Regional Mexican Chain Is Set To Open Dozens Of New Restaurants – Eat This, Not That

When Dario Wolos opened the first Tacombi in 2006, it wasn’t brick and mortar but a converted VW bus. He parked his food truck (or food bus) along the beaches of Playa del Carmen in his native Mexico and started selling tacos. His mission was not only to generate profit – something Wolos knew well after years of working in the London startup space – but also to provide healthy food for disadvantaged people.

Soon it was clear to Wolos that Tacombi would be working in a larger market, and he moved to New York City, opening up brick and mortar locations. In 2021, what started as a taco truck parked near a Mexican beach has grown into a thriving chain of 13 restaurants, most of which are located in New York City, but also with units in Washington, DC and Miami.

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Now, after securing $ 27.5 million in funding, Tacombi has unveiled major expansion plans. As in growing almost six times over the next five years. The planned 75-unit expansion will also see Tacombi enter new market areas, including larger swathes of New York City, as well as reaching new states like Connecticut, via Eater.

Tacombi is a quick and casual restaurant known for its tacos, burritos, quesadillas and a limited number of sides and smaller dishes, as well as a menu of cocktails and beers, juices and an exclusive range of sodas marketed under the name Lupita.

And under the brand Vista Hermosa, the company sells two types of tortillas (flour and corn) and totopos (corn tortilla chips) in hundreds of grocery retailers nationwide. Thanks to its charitable branch, the Tacombi Foundation, Dario Wolos and the company continue the good works that largely inspired the founding of the restaurant 15 years ago. the Tacombi community kitchen distributes an average of 4,000 meals per week to food insecure people.

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