Although restaurants are beginning to slowly reopen in San Antonio, Texas, chef Johnny Hernandez understands that not everyone is ready to venture out of their house quite yet, but that everyone sure could use a margarita. So today, the successful restaurateur behind La Gloria is launching Margarita Trucks, his latest culinary concept that’s taking the food truck to a new level.
La Gloria’s new Margarita Truck delivers award-winning cocktails and Mexican street food from chef … [+]
Chef Johnny, as he is affectionately known in the Alamo City, is making La Gloria’s award-winning margaritas and a selection of his traditional street foods of Mexico available for delivery on a small fleet of trucks. One truck rolls out today bringing boozy happiness to residents within a three-mile radius of Crockett Park in downtown San Antonio; additional trucks will begin service in June, covering additional areas including the Dominion, Stone Oak, Alamo Heights and more to be announced.
Hernandez was born and raised in a community of first-generation Mexican American families and grew up surrounded by the foods and traditions of interior Mexico. Today, he is the founder and President of Grupo La Gloria and True Flavors Inc. and a widely regarded entrepreneur in San Antonio’s restaurant scene. The Margarita Trucks are a testament to his never-say-die attitude and incessant strive for innovation.
Chef Johnny Hernandez is the founder of La Gloria, The Fruteria and Burgerteca, serving staples of … [+]
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His popular restaurants comprise four locations of La Gloria plus three from The Fruteria and two of Burgerteca, including outposts at the San Antonio International Airport and the AT&T Center. All celebrate the delicious antojitos widely enjoyed in street stands from diverse regions of Mexico, enhanced with his own personal twist.
“Our Margarita Trucks are another fun and creative way to adapt to the ever-changing business landscape,” says Hernandez. “Today, safety is top of mind for everyone, and many of our customers are simply not ready to dine out; however, we know that doesn’t mean they don’t crave one of our famous margaritas.”
The trucks are offering drink packages and individual La Gloria margaritas and cocktails in 16oz. cups, and include La Gloria’s House Margarita (frozen or on the rocks), La Gloria’s Blue Margarita, La Gloria’s Prickly Pear Margarita and La Gloria’s Mango Margarita. As temperatutes in Texas start hovering around the 90s, this is a welcome relief from the heat.
Customers are required to purchase food with any alcoholic beverage order, and all orders must be placed and paid in advance online. Valid I.D. is required for all beverage purchases, and staff properly verifies customers are 21 years of age or older.
San Antonians can get La Gloria’s famous margaritas delivered to their door in one of the new … [+]
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Single-order La Gloria and The Fruteria favorites like Mexican street corn, chips, salsa and queso, and a variety of taco kits with enough supplies to make 12 tacos, are available as well. All orders require a minimum $40 purchase and incur a $5 delivery charge. All items are delivered cold but can be easily warmed up in the oven or microwave. In alignment with CDC health guidelines and in compliance with city ordinances, all Margarita Truck employees wear masks and gloves while assembling food and beverage orders.
Chef Johnny Hernandez’s excellent tacos al pastor rival those of any Mexico City taqueria.
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This concept makes sense under any circumstances, and now during these times of social distancing, it is a welcome development that could be adapted by other restaurants in other parts of the country. “Delivering to our customers’ homes does not only make enjoying our signature margaritas safer and more convenient, but this new avenue of serving our customers also helps to rebuild our business, in turn allowing us to hire back more members of our team,” says Hernandez. Salud to that!