We had the good fortune of connecting with Danny Mendez Mendez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Danny Mendez, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
With running a business, I’ve ensured my 6 year old son Ian has been involved from the start. It was important to me that he felt a part of every aspect of our new journey versus feeling he was competing with it for attention or my time. This has allowed me to also teach Ian many of the entrepreneur skill sets skillsets such as risk taking. Making him a part of our business has allowed him to feel part of the team and believe it or not, share ideas on ways to improve and grow the business. At 6 years old, he has already learned to negotiate his salary and many job responsibilities. It’s very fulfilling for my wife and I to see Ian’s great work ethic and his willingness to help with serving our customers to provide them the best experience possible.
What should our readers know about your business?
One of the biggest things that sets us apart is the experience we are bringing to the North Texas area. Being from El Paso, TX; a border town full of authenticity, culture and flavor has allowed us to bring the “sazon” to our community. We pride ourselves in our flavors and customer experience. We treat customers like family, know them by name and serve them the meals we love to share with family. Our food is distinct in many ways, the spices, chiles and cooking methods we use are prevalent in border towns like El Paso. Owning a business in the hospitality industry is never easy, there have been a lot of challenges to get to where we are today and we foresee many in the future. Anything that deals with food or a food truck has a long process, from planning, pricing, sourcing, the building of the trailer, permits and health department requirements.Although there is some information out there, nothing provides you the guidance or step by step needed since requirements are different and vary by city. We had a lot of figuring out to do on our own. Juggling a side business while maintaining my corporate job has not been easy but now that we are serving customers it’s definitely worth it. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is there will always be challenges, its a matter of how good you are at overcoming them and persevering. The issues will arise and its part of owning a business, its how you handle it and overcome the obstacles that matters. I hope my story is encouraging to others who like myself have a passion for food and just need to take that leap of faith.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When friends and family come visit we always start with barbecue, because its Texas. Hutchins has become our go to for the best in the area, they never disappoint. When we are looking for variety with a large group; Legacy Hall in Plano is a great option as it offers great food and entertainment.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My faith has been a driver in achieving this life long dream. Without God’s guidance I know this wouldn’t be possible. He’s placed crucial people in my life to help me along the way. Starting with my wife who has been the person to encourage me throughout this entire journey. Starting this business has not been easy, but I know I can always count on her to lift me up and help me problem solve when things don’t go as planned. When I’m looking for feedback, she does not shy away from providing me honest criticism which has led to us serving the best product to our customers. My mom who passed her passion for food and serving people down to me at a very young age. I remember helping her cook for family gatherings which also served as quality time for us. In helping her, I learned a lot of the recipes that she passed down from her parents dating back generations. My son Ian has also been instrumental in our success. Although at the age of 6 kids just want to play and have fun, Ian has not once complained when we have work to do. He see’s this journey as an opportunity to learn and spend quality time with us. Lastly, I’d like to thank friends and family for all of their time and effort in making this dream a reality.
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