Pilo’s Street Tacos is expanding, with a new restaurant and tequila garden opening this week in Wynwood.
The new concept will celebrate its grand opening on Thursday, February 26, combining an authentic, fast-paced Mexican menu with an open-air gathering space – the tequila garden.
Pilo’s Tequila Garden is the second venture of founder Derek Gonzalez. Its popular Brickell restaurant, open for lunch and dinner and during the night, offers street tacos and other late night meals. Guests can choose a sitting service or order from the express service counter.
The focal point of the Wynwood restaurant will be the tequila garden, part of an indoor / outdoor footprint of 5,500 square meters that will infuse a variety of tequilas and mezcal, including premium selections.
In the evening, the open space will be turned into a place for nightlife, with frequent events hosted by named artists and live and DJ performances. The garden is equipped with two full-service bars, a retractable roof, VIP booths and stadium seats, along with a top-notch DJ booth inside what Gonzalez describes as “the only tree house in Wynwood”.
Gonzalez says the new flagship model isn’t just about expanding the brand’s presence. Future growth plans – which require multiple locations, both nationwide and overseas – will provide jobs for the community with special needs in Miami.
“Moving forward, our goal is to become the largest employer of people with disabilities – not just in Miami, but across the country,” Gonzalez says. “It’s a segment of the population that has been underestimated and underemployed for too long.”
Since opening its first location in Brickell, Pilo’s Street Tacos has operated as a mission-based company that strives to empower and employ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The restaurant is a partner with organizations such as Gigi’s Playhouse,, Best Friends, i Our Pride Academy as part of an employment strategy.
Gonzalez says his mission was inspired by Aunt Lupita, who nicknamed everyone “Pilo” because of speech impairment. Since its inception, the caterer has committed to remembering his aunt’s memory through positive changes.
The Tequila Peel Garden will serve as an outdoor gathering space reminiscent of those visited by owner Derek Gonzalez in Mexico City as a child.
Photo courtesy of Pilo’s Tequila Garden
“That’s why, when I started Pilo, I decided that I would not only do this half-heartedly, but also all-in,” says Gonzalez. “Moving forward, the garden is something that includes everything. It’s a cool place and everyone can get together and pay tribute to the outdoor spaces I remember visiting when I was a kid in Mexico City.”
One of the bars at Pilo’s displays Mexican sculptures and paintings by local and international artists Giuseppe Ferlito,, Jordi Molla,, Domingo Zapata,, Vic garcia, i Mariela Nunez. The works will be available for purchase, and part of the sale will go to a Miami subsidiary Gigi’s Playhouse, which provides free therapeutic and educational resources and support to people with Down syndrome and their families.
When it comes to food, expect the same Peel favorites, from street-style tacos to late-night snacks. Gonzalez says that the recipes prepared are made from ingredients imported from Mexico.
“When I opened Pilo’s, I wanted to offer Miami really good fees,” he says. “For me, nothing here was what I remembered from Mexico and I didn’t want to spend $ 35 on tacos every time I went out. My goal was to offer something valuable. Whether you came for lunch, dinner or a late night experience, you wouldn’t broke the bank. “
Notable dishes include “El Jefe,” a cheese chicharrón topped with cilantro; and tacos “El Pescadito” – grilled fish or beer with red cabbage, pineapple pico de gallo and smoked chipot mayonnaise on flour tortillas); vegetarian tacos “El Tizando” (mushrooms al pastor, garlic, cilantro and pineapple on corn tortillas). Prices range from $ 3.50 for chips and salsa to $ 13 for an appetizer with a burrito bowl and $ 6.50 and $ 9.50 for tacos (two to order).
Be sure to sign the “La Pilo” tacos, served two to order for $ 7.50. Gonzalez says they evoke memories of his favorite meal when he went to taquerias in Mexico City with his grandmother. It promises that the combination of pork al pastor, pineapple, garlic and cilantro served on a corn tortilla will bring you closer to the real offer as you will get it in Miami.
“The first thing I would do, as soon as I got off the plane, was eat about 25 taco al pastors,” the caterer recalls. “It’s one of my strongest memories as a kid visiting Mexico City.”
Peel tequila garden.158 NW 24th St., Miami; open Monday through Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to midnight; pilostacos.com.
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