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Whittier’s ‘Tacos Y Que’ Seeks Help After Tens of Thousands of Dollars In Gear Is Stolen

2:23 PM PST on March 3, 2022

photo: Memo Torres

Whittier's Tacos y Que, the pop-up taquería owned and operated by a duo of music industry pros, Bryant Siono and Fabian Chavez, has experienced an unfortunate theft that has left the outfit without its van and estimated tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment; essentially everything they use to make appearances and feed Los Angeles with the asada, tinga, steak picado, and Sonoran-style flour tortillas this city adores.

In a statement, the partners write:

Hello friends, we have some unfortunate news to share. TYQ’s entire mobile food operation was stolen recently (Including the van which stored all of our equipment that we had accumulated over these past two years). This act of crime against us has subsequently severed our ability to pop up and serve our food.

Our pop up operation and private catering services have played a huge part in helping fund our first ever restaurant in Whittier, CA which is set to open late April 2022. This has been a dream of ours and we have worked very hard to make it a reality. Now with all of our equipment having been stolen during a crucial part of the building process, we have no way of popping up, let alone the finances to buy a new van and equipment.

Currently, all of our money is tied up in building the restaurant. That includes budgets needed for contractor, crew, materials, labor, permits, blueprints, utility services, cleaning, electricity, plumbing work, all aesthetic work (tables, chairs, tile, lighting, paint, signage, POS systems etc...), not to mention all of the appliances and equipment needed to do the actual cooking.

We believe that we have the most amazing followers and supporters since day 1, and it’s been such a fulfilling honor that we get to serve you. Today, we are are reaching out to you to help us get back up on our feet to continue serving TYQ’s one of a kind food experience. Our first and most important goal is to make back the money needed to replace all of the items that were stolen while additional donations will go straight into the restaurant to help alleviate some of the financial stresses of a completely new restaurant buildout. You can personally help us by making a contribution through our GoFundMe link found in our bio.Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and we appreciate your support.

God Bless,TYQ

The GoFundMe is here, again, for anyone feeling generous towards getting this business, which has been focused on building a brick-and-mortar restaurant that plans to open in April, back on its flat-topped feet.

This is far from the first time a taqueria, pop-up, or previous TACO MADNESS nominee/winner has faced such a devastating loss to theft. Almost 13 months ago to the day, L.A. TACO reported that Victor Villa of TACO MADNESS champion Villa's Tacos had his truck stolen while wrapping up service.

While the business is currently, understandably not able to plan any pop-ups at the moment, here's hoping it's only a temporary setback, that Tacos y Que gets all the support it needs and is back soon, while achieving its dreams of a bigger business in 2022.

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