When our client Alan Krawitz launched his first food truck – the now highly-popular Say Cheese – on Temple University’s campus in 2011, he couldn’t have foreseen that he would go from business-minded entrepreneur to successful local food guru in just a few years’ time.
Along with fellow food-truck proprietors Carolyn Nguyen and Michael Sultan, owners of Taco Mundo and Street Food Philly, Alan realized their businesses would be stronger if they combined forces. With Alan’s business background and Mike and Carolyn’s combined 30+ years of culinary experience, the partners decided in 2014 to open a brick-and-mortar location that would give them some long-term sustainability and space to house the food trucks’ growing catering businesses.
The idea for Revolution Taco was born. But it didn’t take long before Alan and his partners realized that opening a restaurant would be no easy task. Finding the right real estate agent and the right location was at least as important as having the right timing – and a little bit of luck. Ultimately, they found a centrally-located 900 square-foot space with room for 22 seats in Center City Philadelphia.
Their next major challenge was finding access to capital. As Alan told us, “We didn’t have significant real estate assets – we didn’t come from much.” The partners were not eligible for a bank loan. After getting referred to Entrepreneur Works by a community partner organization, Alan and his partners were approved for a $50,000 loan.
Revolution Taco opened in early 2016 to high acclaim. Be sure to check out Revolution Taco’s unique tacos, burritos and empanadas in global flavors at 2015 Walnut Street (just off Rittenhouse Square)!