Tito’s Tacos, the beloved Culver City taco stand, will reopen on June 1 after a temporary closure. When they come back, not only will they be serving up the same hardshell tacos and other throwback dishes they’ve sold since 1959, but they’ll launch an online ordering system and local delivery service.
Not content to simply sign up with one of the third-party apps, Tito’s Tacos has partnered with another small L.A. business, StreetSmart Messengers. Before a messenger is allowed to carry orders from the cafe, they’ll need to complete a California Certified Food Handler training course and a custom course developed just for Tito’s by a specialized food safety consultant. Orders will be packed into tamper-proof packaging.
That peace of mind comes at a price, of course. Delivery fees start at $10 for orders within five miles of the restaurant, and increase by $2 per mile outside that radius. If you’re farther afield, the new online ordering platform will also allow customers to order ahead for pick-up.
Inside the restaurant, customers will notice some additional health and safety upgrades. Floors will be marked with six-foot physical distancing markers for customers and workers in the kitchen, and Tito’s is installing two state-of-the-art plasma ion currency sterilizers for cash transactions. The same food safety consultant who designed the training protocols will also be making drop-in random inspections of the operation at least twice each week.
“We’ve served the Los Angeles community for over 60 years and worked tirelessly to adapt to be able to serve our customers,” says Lynne Davidson, the current owner of Tito’s Tacos, which was founded by her grandfather. “We hope that our food offers a bit of normalcy and comfort to our fans who continue to support us.”
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