Congratulations to Casa de Avila Tacos for being a finalist in the Main Street Business of the Year category! Check out all of the SBA finalists here.
Tell us the story of your business and how it’s evolved.
We began this amazing journey in September of 2020 as a dream of what could be. One thing that our community is passionate about is food, and we wanted to offer a true authentic experience. We wanted to take people on a trip to Guadalajara, Mexico through their palate.
Casa De Avila Tacos is a family owned and operated taqueria. A minority and women owned business in Loudoun County. Owners, Stephanie Avila, Abraham Avila, Luz Maria Lopez de Avila, and Jessica Avila bonded together and set out on a mission to deliver true authentic tacos to Loudoun County and the surrounding communities. They are known for their signature tacos, Birria Quesatacos. The orange tacos that people love to dip in delicious broth known as consommé. In 2021, Casa De Avila Tacos entered a competition hosted by the Washington Commanders at FedEx Field called ‘Flavors of the DMV’ where they would go on to beat over a thousand food vendors and win a contract as an official food vendor at FedEx Field. Being featured in magazines by the Washingtonian, Virginia Living, and Northern Virginia Magazine as one of the top four taquerias for Birria. Casa De Avila Tacos loves sharing their amazing dishes with the community and love the amazing positive feedback they receive from their customers. Many of their dishes are now in the hands of the fourth generation of Avila’s. They are proud to share a part of their culture with a community that has embraced them.
Casa De Avila Tacos currently operates as a ghost kitchen utilizing a commissary kitchen where we rent a suite in Chefscape. We are actively pursuing our first brick and mortar with hopes that in early 2024 we will have an official home.
What are you most proud of when it comes to your team?
We are proud of their resilience and the positive attitude that the team has when a challenge presents itself, and they always rise to the occasion. This has given our team GRIT. They truly care about the product that we put out. We always tell our team, “If you would not serve it to your loved one, don’t serve it to our guests. It’s because of them that we are where we are.” They truly are rock stars.
In what ways do you give back to the Loudoun community?
We give back to our community with our Loyalty Rewards Program. In our industry, third party delivery apps are necessary but at a high cost. We created our LRP to encourage customers to place orders via our website and earn money back towards their next order. We support other small businesses in Loudoun County by tagging them in our social media stories if we are going to be selling at an event and they are hosting us. We have also hosted spirit nights for local charity fundraisers within the community and donated a portion of our proceeds to schools and charities.
What would it mean to you and your business to win a Small Business Award?
It would be a huge honor to be a recipient of such an amazing award. To be recognized as a finalist by Loudoun Chamber of Commerce is a tremendous feat alone.
Who is the one person that has influenced you the most in your career?
I believe the answer to this question our family members. In my case it is my wife Stephanie and my mother Luz. My wife’s ability to dream and cast a vision made it easy for me to sell out to this wild ride and go all in. My mom’s passion of cooking and making good home hearty meals, gave me the desire to share that same experience with our customers.
What did you want to be when you grew up as a child?
I wanted to be many things growing up, among them was to be a firefighter, or a professional soccer player.
If you’re not in the office, where can we find you/what is another passion you have?
Any free time I can get I spend my time at home with my wife Stephanie, and amazing children. They are the reason we are building our business. We want to create options for them for their future. Steph also loves going to the gym on her time off and plan fun family activities. We plan birthdays and special events on days that the kitchen is closed to spend time with our family and loved ones.
How do you see your business evolving in the next 5 years?
We see ourselves in our first brick and mortar restaurant within the next 12 months. We would love to continue sharing our delicious food with more people, so we have plans of opening more locations throughout Northern Virginia. We see ourselves continuing our partnership at FedEx Field delivering amazing tacos. As more opportunities present themselves to sell at other stadium venues, we plan to develop a team solely dedicated to representing our brand at the highest level of quality.
Check out the Casa de Avila Tacos website here.