St. Louis food: Fundraiser to help Taquiera Durango rebuild

After 11 years, her family’s lifelong dream, Taquiera Durango, went up in flames in minutes

OVERLAND, MO. – For Taquiera Durango, family is everything.

For more than a decade they have welcomed their guests with open arms. The Lopezes founded the family-run restaurant after the success of their grocery store.

“It was a lifelong dream of my parents to start my own company,” said Angelica Lopez, who is also the manager there.

But on Thursday afternoon, eleven years later, her family’s lifelong dream went up in flames within minutes.

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A kitchen fire broke out. The entire restaurant is now burned crispy.

Fortunately, no one was injured and the grocery store next door was damaged very little.

But as for the restaurant, Lopez said this was her parents’ livelihood.

“It just breaks my heart. It brings me to tears. They put their jobs aside to devote their lives to and it’s gone.”

But for 11 years the Lopezes didn’t just fill bellies. They filled the hearts of their church.

Because of this, the chefs in the region decided 24 hours later to come up with a plan.

Event organizer Angela Ortmann, along with the owners of Guerrilla Street Food and Strange Donuts, are running a fundraiser to help rebuild the Lopez family.

The fundraiser will take place on March 24th from 11am to 2pm at Guerilla Street Food on Delmar for lunch and from 5pm to 9pm for dinner.

About 10 restaurants are involved, including Pastaria and Mission Taco. They will create their own tacos. They will also be hosting a taco eating contest. All the money goes to the restaurant.

Despite being competitors, the restaurant community knows through thick and thin that families stick together.

Lopez said they were hopeful and their family were extremely grateful for the support.

To donate to rebuild, click here to view GoFundMe.

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