By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor
Wellington restaurateurs have expanded a popular Mexican concept to West Boca Raton.
Don Chepo’s Taco Shop has opened its doors at 6897 SW 18th St.
This is the second taco shop concept by chef and owner Dustin Parfitt and his partner Juan Gando. The original opened last year in Wellington.
“We decided to do another Don Chepo’s just because of the success in Wellington,” Parfitt said.
The duo said the restaurant specializes in homemade, street-style tacos with fresh corn tortillas.
“We make our own tortillas,” Parfitt said. “We went real authentic Mexican.”
They smoke their meats with a smoker and can accommodate vegetarians, vegans and those with gluten allergies.
Parfitt got into the restaurant business as a waiter when he was in school. He made his way into the kitchen when the cook didn’t show up one day at a restaurant his friend owned.
He made his way into the kitchen to help and then began his culinary career. He worked at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach for several years as well as other local restaurants.
He teamed up with Gando when they were working together and decided to open their own restaurant. Over the years they have had eight different restaurants.
This one is the first outside of Wellington.
“We are excited to come to Boca,” he said. “It’s our first time coming out of Wellington. We are trying to expand and grow.”
The name of the Mexican restaurant is after the meaning of Don Chepo, he said, explaining it’s a cool, older guy that you look up to.
Parfitt recommends the steak tacos, Tacos al Pastor and the tamales. On Tuesdays, you can try all the tacos for $2 a piece for Taco Tuesday.
For more information, visit www.donchepos.com.