Hastings-Sunrise, Gastown and Yaletown Restaurants Ring in Spring by Hosting Events to Benefit Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, Saint James Music Academy, Roundhouse Community Centre
This spring, Tacofino is giving back to the community at large by holding a series of fundraising initiatives at its three Vancouver brick-and-mortar locations that will directly benefit the local neighbourhoods they call home.
The campaign begins in earnest on Wednesday, April 26 at the group’s newest location Tacofino Yaletown (1025 Mainland Street) when General Manager Laura Clemis and staff play host to a Patio Launch Party that will feature all-day food and drink specials. A portion of the day’s profits will be donated to the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre’s ‘Park Your Caboose’ fundraiser to install new seats in the local facility’s performance centre just down the street at 181 Roundhouse Mews.
The feel-good vibes flow over to Tacofino Hastings (2327 East Hastings Street) on Tuesday, May 2 from 5 to 10 p.m. when General Manager Matt Fidler and staff drop the needle on the first of a series of ongoing New Music Tuesday events at the Hastings-Sunrise hotspot. Presented in conjunction with BeatRoute Magazine, the Tuesday evening series will showcase new music and emerging artists accompanied by two-for-$11 tacos and $5 Tecate tall cans. Every Tuesday, the location will donate a dollar from each Tecate sold to after-school music programs held at Saint James Music Academy on 303 East Cordova Street.
The charity spotlight shifts to Tacofino Gastown (15 West Cordova Street) that same week as General Manager Brandon Maier and staff donate a dollar from every feature cocktail sold from May 1 to 5 to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, which has provided a safe space for women and children in the local community since it was founded in 1978. That same week, the Gastown location will also hold a clothing drive and welcome drop-offs of new and gently worn clothing, blankets and shoes for the centre.
Tacofino is no stranger to giving back to the community — in fact, it’s been a steadfast mantra of cofounders Jason Sussman and Kaeli Robinsong since the couple opened their original Tofino food truck in 2009. To that end, Tacofino regularly organizes events at its various locations that raise much-needed funds for local non-profit, volunteer and outreach programs including the Salvation Army Harbour Light, the Downtown Eastside Kitchen Tables Community Access Map and Potluck Café Society, among others.
“Whether it’s Gastown, Hastings-Sunrise or Yaletown – or even Victoria and Tofino — we’re constantly inspired by the good work that local grassroots charities do on a daily basis,” says Robinsong. “So, we wanted to organize some fun events that will also benefit the neighbourhoods in which our Tacofino family lives and works, and those who have supported us along the way.”
ABOUT TACOFINO | Since its inception, the Tacofino brand has been celebrated for its trademark fusion of sun-dappled, surf-centric spirit and quality, fresh and affordable fare with an environmental and nutritional conscience. From its humble beginnings in Tofino, where the Tacofino Cantina was first launched at the back of the Live to Surf parking lot in 2009, the brand has now grown to include the original Cantina, a fleet of three roaming food trucks, four brick-and-mortar restaurants in Vancouver and Victoria and a legion of loyal followers. | www.tacofino.com
Tacofino Commissary: 2327 E Hastings St., Vancouver BC V5L 1V6 | (604) 253-8226 | Hours: Mon – Thurs 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Fri 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. | Sat 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m. | Sun 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Tacofino Gastown: Blood Alley Square and 15 W. Cordova St., Vancouver BC V6B 1C7 | (604) 899-7907 | Hours: Sun – Weds 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. | Thurs – Sat 11:30 a.m. to midnight
Tacofino Yaletown: 1025 Mainland Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P9 | (778) 379-8226 | Hours: Sun 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Mon – Thurs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. | Fri – Sat 11 a.m. to midnight