This restaurant started as a Mexican beach-side taco stand in a $3,000 VW bus—soon, it could come to a block near you

January 10, 2023

By Tom Huddleston Jr. –

In 2006, Dario Wolos was selling tacos out of a converted Volkswagen van in the Mexican beach town Playa del Carmen.

The food truck, called Tacombi, has come a long way since then. Today, it’s a fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain with 15 locations across New York, Miami and Washington, D.C. It has $27.5 million in funding from Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer’s investment fund, fueling a rapid expansion plan across the U.S. — Shake Shack-style — to 75 total locations by 2026.

That’s a far cry from Tacombi’s beach days, which started when Wolos bought his 1963 green VW “bus” in Mexico City for $3,000. Wolos converted the van into a mobile restaurant where he sold his first tacos, he told Total Food Service in November.

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