The arrival of actor Danny Trejo’s new taco chain in town comes with good news and sad news. The good news is that you can never have too many tacos. The bad news is that the location is replacing RedWhite+Bluezz jazz bar and restaurant next to the Pasadena Playhouse in the Playhouse District.
A couple of years back, DannyTrejo started rolling out Trejo’s Tacos on wheels, adding to the crowded taco truck scene that LA and the Pasadena area has become famous for. From the trucks, Trejo began to open new restaurants, including Trejo’s Cantina. The reason that Trejo seems to succeed where other celebrities have failed is that despite the obvious branding, the focus is really on the food.
“There’s been a lot of celebrities that have tried to open up restaurants, but they kind of try to just go on the name. I don’t care who you are – food better be good,” Trejo said on the KTLA 5 Morning News. “We’re doing good. … I think it’s the food.”
The food is focused on tacos for all and includes gluten-free and vegan menu options. And the vegan friendly tofu was inspired by Yottam Ottolenghi, a celebrity in the food world while the menu was created by former Cook’s County chef, Daniel Mattern. Red and green salsas are fermented in house and the vegan and vegetarian friendly menu has everything from a kale salad and super rice mix to street corn—following Trejo’s agent’s recipe. To wash it all down there is a choice of seasonal aguas frescas, housemade date-sweetened horchata and kombucha on tap as well as Trejo’s Cerveza, brewed in downtown L.A.
Trejo recently branched out from tacos to open up a doughnut shop in Hollywood, but no word on whether the sweet treats will be coming to Pasadena anytime soon.
As for local favorite, RedWhite+Bluezz? It sounds like the closing came rather suddenly and there seems to be no news of a new location, as there was when they moved from the previous location closer to Old Town to the Playhouse District.
Trejo’s Cantina is set to open in June, so be on the lookout.
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