Guacamole 61 is a family owned and operated restaurant with a mission to share our family’s delicious traditional recipes.
Bay Area native Willy Perez (Berkeley High, class of 1995) knows two things well: cars and food. Summoning inspiration from his love of restoring vintage cars, specifically his 1961 Chevy Impala convertible, Perez 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 growing up. Thus was born the idea of Guacamole 61, whose name was, of course, inspired by his beloved car.
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.