Introducing Guacamole 61 - an authentic Mexican taqueria, and a new addition to Epicurious Garden located in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto.
Bay Area native Willy Perez knows two things well: cars and food. Summoning inspiration from his love of restoring vintage cars, namely his 1961 convertible Chevy Impala, a.k.a. “Guacamole 61,” Willy began to picture a place that expressed the loyalty of true vintage car culture mixed with the essence of his mother's savory Mexican spices he knew all too well from growing up. His devotion to cars, however, does not compare to his devotion to restoring human lives. Over the years, Willy has developed strong relationships with organizations working to combat human trafficking and rehabilitate children sold into slavery. His vision is to continue fighting against this global epidemic with the opening of Guacamole 61.
One of his partners, Gustavo “Tavo” Orozco was born and raised in Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan, Mexico. He sold “fruita picada” starting at 7 years old on the street to his neighbors and passing cars. After he came to the United States, his entrepreneurial heart drove him to open up his own Mexican restaurant by the age of 19. As head chef of Guacamole 61, Gustavo plans to incorporate flavor and spirit of his hometown into dishes, using local and seasonal ingredients every time.
At Guacamole 61, not only will you experience the authenticity of culinary Mexico, you will be participating in a deeply rooted love for people and culture, all conveniently located in Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto.