Let's Taco 'Bout What We Do
The Compton, Watts, and LA area on Central Ave. was in the 50's and 60's known for the affluent communities with American Blacks owning and operating many of the local businesses from food, entertainment, farming, and other industries. The Jones Legacy of "Taco Pete" begins with a pair of sisters Gladys and Gartheia who were known as "South Central LA" best short order diner cooks. When the then owner of "Taco Pete" reached out to start a new brand of food, Black folks seasoned ground beef tacos and burritos. He entrusted them to come up with a one-of-a-kind recipe, and they did not disappoint. The recipe has been going for more than 50 plus years without ever being changed.
It was in the 70's when the pair of sisters first approached their nephew Mack Jones about purchasing into the "Taco Pete" restaurants (which were 4 and counting). However, the young entrepreneur Mack was uninterested due to having multiple businesses running at that moment. The sister were however ever present and persist with maintaining their stake in the restaurant and approached the nephew in the late 80's. It was June 14, 1989 to be exact when Mack Jones on his mother's birthday became the Owner of two "Taco Pete" locations.
Still engulfed in other business endeavors Mack, allowed his aunties operate the restaurant in full confidence. However, this was also Charles Jones (the oldest of Mack's children) first introduction to the workforce, management, and daily operations "Taco Pete" crash course. The Ladies of "Taco Pete" the keepers of the million-dollar one-of-a-kind seasoned ground beef seen the legacy being passed on to the next generations starting with "Chuck" as known in the communities of "Taco Pete". His last day of high school was his first day of entrepreneurship sooner to be followed by his younger brother (Aaron), son (Derek) and nephew (Aaron II). Chuck never missed a beat with the knowledge entrusted to him by his great-aunties and father. The Original Taco Pete as now known has reminded a stable in the communities providing simple meals packed with flavor, serving smiles one taco at a time.
We currently have the historic location at 12007 South Central ave L.A.Ca, 90059 and a new Virtual Kitchen for online ordering and pickup only in the Exposition park downtown L.A. at 358 West 38th St. L.A. Ca, 90037 made easy through the website originaltacopete.com.