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This Beloved Regional Mexican Chain Is Slated to Open Dozens of New Restaurants

The New York brand is going national.

When Dario Wolos opened the first Tacombi in 2006, it wasn't a 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 began selling tacos. His mission was not only to turn a profit–something Wolos knew plenty about after years spent working in the startup space in London–but also to provide wholesome food to underprivileged people.

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

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Now, having secured $27.5 million in funding, Tacombi has unveiled major plans for expansion. As in a nearly six-fold growth in the next five years. The planned 75-unit expansion will also see Tacombi entering new market areas, including larger swaths of New York, as well as reaching new states like Connecticut, via Eater.

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

And under the brand name Vista Hermosa, the company sells two types of tortillas (flour and corn) and totopos (corn tortilla chips) in hundreds of grocery retailers nationwide.  Through its charitable arm, The Tacombi Foundation, Dario Wolos, and the company continue the good works that largely informed the restaurant's founding 15 years ago. The Tacombi Community Kitchen distributes an average of 4,000 meals a week to people living with food insecurity.

Steven John
Steven John is a freelancer writer for Eat This, Not That! based just outside New York City. Read more