Local Taco Shop opens amid pandemic, braves COVID

What started as a food truck three years ago, made a home near 11th and 'K' in Dowtown Lincoln as of August, but here is the kicker, they opened their doors in the midst of the pandemic.
Muchacho's
Muchacho's

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – What started as a food truck three years ago, made a home near 11th and ‘K’ in Downtown Lincoln as of August; here is the kicker, Muchachos opened their doors in the midst of the pandemic.

“You know it takes a special kind of stupid to do what we are doing,” Nick Maestas, the owner of Muchachos said as he giggled to himself.

COVID-19 didn’t stop Nick and his family from pursuing their dream.

“It was definitely not without stress and a lot of tears, it’s been a lot, to make sure we are doing this the right way,” Maestas said.

This is his very first restaurant. An entrepreneur that doesn’t know business without the words COVID.

“We don’t even know what it would be like to have this place packed, every single table filled day in, day out,” Maestas added.

On top of adapting to a new business, they have also had to adapt to DHM rules, like the ones that were announced Monday. “All restaurants and bars must mandate social distancing along with no more then eight people per table.” Although no rule was put into place regarding a capacity limit for these businesses, Muchachos decided to reduce their capacity voluntarily, for their customers safety as well as to properly social distance.

“The only thing we could responsibly do is eliminate every other table just because we are in such a small space, there was no other way to do it without eliminating tables, which then reduces our capacity,” Maestas said.

The taco shop has social distancing stickers, masks on hand in case a customer forgets theirs at home, and expanded their online system for carryout and curbside pickup.

 

 

 

 

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