In a non-typical plea for support following a fire that displaced their family, the owners of a well respected taco truck aren't launching a crowd-funding campaign, but they are asking the public to keep them as "busy as possible."
El Gallo Giro, which is typically parked at 23rd and Treat, is known for some excellent al pastor and carnitas tacos, among other things (they were featured on SFist's list of the best tacos in town). The truck launched way back in 2002, and owners Elena Caballero and her husband, Jose Perez, run the operation with the help of their daughters Stephanie and Nicky — Caballero and Perez moved to San Francisco from Guanajuato, Mexico in 1981.
Now, as the Chronicle reports today, the family's home near the Cow Palace in Daly City was heavily damaged by a fire last Saturday. Stephanie Caballero lived there with her parents, brother, and two dogs, and she tells the paper she's grateful everyone made it out unharmed despite thick smoke and a fire that broke out in the middle of the night.
Posting to Instagram, Caballero says, "Many would take some time off to get situated we’re trying to avoid this at all costs. We want to be here serving you guys and trying to sell as much food as we have. To anyone asking if there’s anything we need all we only ask for you guys to come eat at our taco truck!"
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This past weekend our family was hit with a tragedy. Our family home was burned and completely ruined. Many would take some time off to get situated we’re trying to avoid this at all costs. We want to be here serving you guys and trying to sell as much food as we have. To anyone asking if there’s anything we need all we only ask for you guys to come eat at our taco truck! Bring by someone new, try something new from our menu, or just come eat if you haven’t been here in a while. Anything that will get you guys here. WE WANNA BE AS BUSY AS WE CAN BE SERVING YOU GUYS YOUR FAVORITES. If there’s any change to our schedule we will let you guys know till then thank you so much for your support and outpouring love during these trying times.
The family's home and temporary housing are being covered by insurance, but nevertheless it's been a traumatic experience and the family wants to be busy during this particular time, doing what they do best.
As Eater notes, El Gallo Giro’s regular schedule is Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
So get out there and get some tacos!
Previously: The 16 Best Tacos In San Francisco