Daughter’s advocacy helps save dad’s taco truck during pandemic

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Humble, Texas – Elias Aviles spent over 20 years working in other people’s restaurants before saving enough money to open his own food truck. El Torito Taqueria was born in Humble, Texas, just outside of Houston.Starting the business was his way of leaving a legacy for his children, but when the pandemic hit people stopped coming. Over the weekend, Elias called his daughter, Giselle, and explained that he was closing early after making just $ 6 all day.

Giselle took to social media for help and her Twitter call has been retweeted more than 10,000 times. “I had to explain, they were coming,” she told CBS News.

On Monday there was a line up and customers keep coming. “It was so crowded, and (my dad) was a little shocked because he didn’t think there would be such a quick turnaround,” Giselle told CBS affiliate KHOU.

El Torito Taqueria
El Torito Taqueria à Humble, Texas. CBS News

The family owned a restaurant but were forced to downsize after the economy collapsed in 2008. Aviles finally improvised by opening the food truck about six years ago, KHOU reported.

“It’s amazing because I was just trying to help her,” Giselle told the station. “Just being able to do something that will give him business now is going to make him known. “

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