Kevin T Morrison
Cook - Founder
Kevin Morrisons got a story worth telling. He didn't exactly take the traditional route to success, but that's what makes him interesting. Starting off selling popcorn at home, he eventually found his way into the restaurant industry and never looked back. After working his way up to a sous-chef position, he took a chance and opened his own business. He went on to create a successful sandwich shop chain, but things got complicated when he took the company public. Undeterred, he started a food truck and eventually opened a series of award-winning taco joints. Morrison's philosophy is all about creating badass concepts and hiring smart people who share his work ethic. And he's not done yet, always on the lookout for new opportunities to grow his brand.
Born in Acapulco, Mexico, Pedro made his way to the United States at the age of 35. Bringing with him a wealth of culinary knowledge acquired during his time at a taqueria in Mexico, Pedro's skills were nurtured by his mother and grandmother, who passed down their expertise in the art of cooking. Over 10 years ago Pedro started his journey with Tacos Tequila Whiskey. Mole and tamales hold a special place in Pedro's heart as his favorite dishes to cook. As executive chef, he revels in the opportunity to unleash his creativity in the kitchen, using his culinary prowess to showcase the rich and diverse culture of Mexico. It was at Tacos Tequila Whiskey that Pedro's path intertwined with his beloved wife, their connection forged amidst the vibrant atmosphere of the restaurant. When he's not dedicated to his craft, Pedro finds joy in preparing meals. He also indulges in his passions for dancing and partaking in the delightful flavors of tequila and mezcal, allowing himself to be swept away by the rhythm and spirit of the moment.
Brian is a midwesterner at heart, growing up in a family that loved to entertain and share meals with guests. His passion for travel and adventure introduced him to a variety of cultures and flavors. After earning a Business Degree from Arizona State University, he fished in Alaska, and lived in Chicago before settling in Denver. At Tacos Tequila Whiskey, he has built an exceptional team and embraced every opportunity for growth, all while sharing his love of food and hospitality with others.
Kitchen Boss Lady at City Park
HOLA Mi nombre es Carolina Marquina , soy originaria de La Ciudad de Mexico Mi madre y mi padre tienen un restaurante desde que tengo uso de razon, a los 8 anos empezo mi pasion por cocinar mi madre fue mi gran maestra y mi apollo para ser esto posible ,tanto fue mi pasion que empeze a trabajar ayudandoles a mis padres ya mas grande trabaje en un restaurante que ahi empeze desde abajo a lavar trastes despues preparando y ahi fui creciendo dure 10 anos trabajando para esa compania, ahora aqui estoy feliz y contenta trabajando en TACOS TEQUILA WHISKEY
Taco Broker | GM at Highlands
Matt left the world of sales and finance behind, seeking a daily grind that brought genuine joy. A lifelong passion for the culinary arts and the power of food as a universal language fueled his transition. The restaurant realm beckoned through familial ties, thanks to an uncle who over four decades owned several restaurants in the heart of New York City. Being at the helm as a General Manager in the industry, the thrill lay in the ever-changing landscape, the perpetual puzzle of fresh challenges. And what warmed his heart the most? The knowledge that he was crafting experiences that people relished. A connoisseur of connections, he reveles in encounters with souls from all walks of life. Birthdays, anniversaries, casual gatherings – he strives to make each guest's experience extraordinary. In the modern restaurant, it isn't just about sustenance and service; it is about weaving an unforgettable tapestry of moments. When not navigating the bustling restaurant world, you can find him in the sanctuary of nature's wonders.
Tacos Tequila Whiskey opened as a food truck in May 2010 as Pinche Tacos with a vision to serve the best damn tacos you’ve ever tasted coming from a moving vehicle. Why Pinche? These weren’t the ground beef tacos you might have had growing up and we wanted to make damn sure you knew it. Also, at the very first R&D night in Morrison’s home kitchen he was explaining to a group of friends how he made the taco they were eating. His wife replied, “just give me the f#cking taco.” Holla Pinche Tacos. Mission accomplished- soon we had lines of people waiting to try these tacos but, of course, not everyone was excited about the name as they were about the tacos. Don’t know what it means yet? Read Patricia Calhoun’s great article here.
WE had no idea the uproar it might cause and it didn’t really matter we tried to expand. We wanted to bring our gringo inspired with a modern twist street tacos to more people so we purchased a food cart to put on the sixteenth street mall. Once the authorities got wind of our name it was a no go unless we could name the cart something else. After a brutal Facebook contest to find a new name (link to article here) we ended up with Tacos Borrachos. It’s a great name-irreverent, slightly offensive, a little dirty, kind of Pinche Lite” Well, we discovered pretty quickly we didn’t want to be in the food cart business. We lasted three days on the sixteenth street mall and made a few appearances at Civic Center Eats before we canned the food cart idea all together. But it started a long line of city protests about the name that would follow us to our OG brick & mortar location. The OG location at Colfax & York operated for almost two years as Pinche Tacos, it wasn’t until we opened our second location in the Highlands neighborhood that the state liquor board “suggested” we change our name. We took the suggestion seriously, holla Tacos Tequila Whiskey.
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We have won a lot of awards and garnered a lot of press—best tacos, best mexican restaurant, best cocktails, best desserts. That's a lot of bests for a taco joint in Denver, Colorado. If you haven't visited yet, do your taste buds a favor and come on in!awards & Press