Some 20 yrs just after leaving Tlaxcala, Mexico, and settling in the Berkshires, Cain Serrano has realized his aspiration of obtaining his have cafe, opening La Chalupa Y La Enchilada, a food stuff truck, on March 1.
“7 a long time back, that was the dream I had,” Serrano explained. “I was considering about going again to Mexico to open a restaurant. We made the decision to remain and open up anything smaller sized. My spouse, Nancy, and I ended up looking to function alongside one another and guidance our children.”
The food stuff truck is named just after his two daughters, Mia, who is 5 and is nicknamed “La Chalupa” and Nayline, 11, who is identified as “La Enchilada.” Serrano spelled out he gave Mia her nickname two seconds following she was born.
Serrano has a great deal of culinary practical experience, beforehand functioning at several places to eat in the Berkshires, like Church Road Café, Bistro Zinc and Café Lucia, all in Lenox.
“I’m doing this because I like to commit time with my spouse and children,” Serrano stated. “In the summertime, it really is busy in Lenox [with all the summer visitors] and, in 20 several years, I have never experienced Friday evenings or Saturdays off. Lenox is active all summer time and there was no time to have a working day off. I want to expend the summertime weekends with my spouse and youngsters.”
To that stop, he opened the foods truck to make his possess time. “Do you know how joyful I was on Saturday?” he questioned. “It was our slowest day nonetheless. I can likely have Saturdays off and be open up another day of the 7 days.”
Serrano created the food stuff trailer, except for the box. “My father made use of to do the job in steel and matters,” he claimed, adding he employed engineers to structure the blueprints. The trailer functions a flat grill, fryer, two refrigerators and a freezer.
Serrano stated his food is special due to the fact it is all homestyle Mexican meals.
“How I prepare dinner for my youngsters is how I cook dinner for the foods truck,” he claimed. “Other Mexican dining establishments may well not be as authentic. My meals is selfmade. I am what I am — and they are what they are.”
Products on the menu, which can be observed on the La Chalupa Y La Enchilada Facebook website page, contains avenue taquitos (“the pork carnitas are the best tacos I at any time had,” Serrano mentioned), tacos, quesadillas, salads, chalupas, empanadas and burritos. He options on presenting a weekly exclusive that will be declared on the foodstuff truck’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. This 7 days, he was organizing to provide chorizo tacos with a cactus salad. He also hopes to be at particular events, like Pittsfield’s Third Thursdays and the Lenox Apple Squeeze.
Most of the menu merchandise are priced at underneath $10. “I want to feed the full Berkshires,” Serrano explained. “Lenox has income Pittsfield has significantly less. I know what it prices to feed a spouse and children. I have a thing for absolutely everyone. If they provide $3, I can give them $3 well worth of foods.”
Serrano explained that organization was good. “We have been so chaotic considering the fact that we opened,” he explained. “Individuals have been calling us after several hours. The first 7 days we had been open up Monday, Tuesday and Thursday by way of Saturday, and served all around 1,500 persons.”
“I want to invite everyone to arrive and love my foodstuff,” Serrano explained. “If they don’t like it the initially time, the next time they don’t spend.”