Walter Aguirre, owner of L.A. Taco, started his small business with a tarp and a charcoal grill. It has now grown into a food truck staple in the Kittanning area, encouraging other food trucks to open for business in the area. Walter also spearheads a local group, the First Friday Foundation, which hosts a monthly event in downtown Kittanning. Thanks to Aguirre, a group of local food trucks gather each month and donate a percentage of their net sales to a specified charity.
Aguirre, who grew up in Los Angeles, always wanted to become a restaurateur, specializing in burritos and tacos, but put his dream on hold to serve in the Marines in 2005. He trained at Camp Allen in Norfolk, Va., where he met his wife, Amy. Walter's goal is to increase awareness in the Pittsburgh region for the different Latino cultures by bringing flavors from all over Latin America and introducing locals to the delicious flavors each country offers.
The L.A. Taco truck has created a menu that not only caters to the local pallet, but introduces new Latin flavors to a mostly blue collar community by serving items such as pupusas from El Salvador, Sofrito from Puerto Rico, creating local a fusion that locals can enjoy.