Santa Barbara Independent reporter Molly Forster has announced that Taco Tuyo, a vegan Mexican food takeout restaurant, opened its doors in January at 724 East Haley Street. Forster reports that owner Steven Sysum’s mission is to provide Santa Barbara with healthy, tasty, affordable food using traditional Mexican flavors that we all know and love. Forster adds that Sysum aims to introduce a different style of Mexican food to Santa Barbara rather than the meat-heavy Mexicali food that most of us are used to. Sysum describes his business as follows:
“Taco Tuyo is the first restaurant of its kind on the Central Coast, and perhaps in California. It’s meant to be fun, casual, healthy, and communal. Taco Tuyo seeks to be a place where regulars can stop in for a quick bite or meet up with friends and family for delicious meals, and where visitors can learn that Santa Barbara is the best place to showcase such healthful and flavorful plant-based Mexican food at a reasonable price. Taco Tuyo also exists for more than food. 2% of its profits go to a local non-profit whose mission is to end homelessness. We also participate in composting and environmentally-friendly practices behind the scenes. We support local farmers by buying local and seasonal ingredients where possible. We use only Earth-friendly takeout packaging. We want to educate people about the benefit of eating healthy.” Call 319-3627 or visit tacotuyo.com.