New taco truck opening in Hamilton
Beef, chicken or fish can be a hard decision for taco lovers.
Now they don’t have to choose, thanks to Paco’s Tacos, a new food truck opening on Front Street.
Paco’s Tacos, run by Kryshae Furbert-Wilson and Tarreko Wilson, will be selling tacos in threes, allowing people to choose from an array of choices, such as chicken, beef, shrimp, fishcake, lamb and even lobster (if you call ahead). There will also be a vegan option.
“We are foodies,” Ms Furbert-Wilson said. “I am the picky one when we go out. I am always asking for modifications when I place an order at a restaurant. So, when we were thinking of the menu, we really thought about the customer experience and wanted our menu to have an option for everyone and also give them the freedom and flexibility to build their tacos how they want.”
The business was born out of pandemic challenges for the couple. In April 2020, they had to cancel their destination wedding in Orlando, Florida due to Covid-19. In fact, the wedding had to be cancelled twice due to the ups and downs of the coronavirus. They were not able to marry until May 20, 2021.
“We decided to have the wedding at home in Bermuda instead,” Ms Furbert-Wilson said. “In the midst of those plans, realising how much money we were saving, we decided to use some of the money to invest in a taco trailer with the hopes of opening in 2021.”
They each had run their own small business in the past. Now they wanted to start a business together.
“Almost everyone loves tacos,” Ms Furbert-Wilson said. “We thought a taco trailer would be a good addition to the food scene in Bermuda.”
They bought the food truck in China. Getting it to Bermuda was not easy. They spent much of 2021, not just replanning a wedding, but also strategising how to get a taco truck halfway across the world.
“We spent most of 2021 working with a local shipping company to get the trailer to the island,” Ms Furbert-Wilson said.
When it finally reached New York, the port was overflowing. They struggled to find space on a container. Meanwhile shipping prices tripled.
“At the end of last summer, our shipping agent was finally able to secure a route via the Netherlands and it was on its way,” she said. “It arrived in Bermuda on November 8, 2021.”
But it arrived damaged after the long journey, and had to be repaired. It is now parked next to Mix + Roll Ice Cream, across from Brew. It will open in the coming weeks, as soon as the couple receive the final official stamps of approval.
The plan is to source local ingredients, wherever possible.
“So far, we have partnered with two local businesses and hope to expand our local partner base,” Ms Furbert-Wilson said. “Our toppings, such as lettuce, onions and peppers, will be sourced from Hill Top Farms. Our water will be sourced from iDBN Distributions, the distributors for Alkaline Lyfe, a naturally alkaline spring water.”
The couple called it Paco’s Tacos, because Mr Wilson’s nickname is Paco.
“He is the cook in the house and enjoys cooking for family and friends,” Ms Furbert-Wilson said. “After a few funny experiences with the word ‘taco’, it seemed like the perfect business name.”
The first time Mr Wilson sent her flowers, the florist misunderstood and wrote ‘Taco’ on the card instead of Paco.
“I spent all day trying to figure out who this person was,” Ms Furbert-Wilson said.
Initially, the trailer will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7pm to 11pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 1am. The hope is to extend the hours in the summer.