Mex­i­can revo­lu­tion in food

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - By DENISE S CAHILL

COTTES­LOE res­i­dent Court­ney James Smith re­calls lis­ten­ing to records in one cor­ner of Planet Video, Mt Law­ley, and buy­ing clothes out the back.

The iconic site is now home to his new­est Guz­man Y Gomez restau­rant, which opened this month.

Smith, who opened the first WA Guz­man Y Gomez Mex­i­can restau­rant in North­bridge 18 months ago, said the food was made-to-or­der and au­then­tic Mex­i­can.

De­spite Beau­fort Street be­ing tagged the ‘Mex­i­can mile’, he said peo­ple would re­alise Guz­man Y Gomez was dif­fer­ent to other Mex­i­can of­fer­ings.

Smith was born in New York but spent much of his child­hood in Canada and he owned a bar in Van­cou­ver.

He got food and bev­er­age ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing at Must Winebar, Luxe Bar and The Bris­bane Ho­tel be­fore open­ing Guz­man Y Gomez in North­bridge.

Guz­man Y Gomez founder Steven Marks was in Perth for the of­fi­cial open­ing on Septem­ber 11, where the restau­rant gave away 4486 free bur­ri­tos.

The New Yorker worked in hedge funds be­fore mov­ing to Bondi where the Guz­man Y Gomez con­cept was born.

“What peo­ple thought was Mex­i­can was not,” Marks, a fa­ther of two daugh­ters, said.

He opened his first restau­rant in New­town in Oc­to­ber, 2006, and Mt Law­ley is the 44th Aus­tralian Guz­man Y Gomez, which was named after

two of Marks’ friends.

Luis Guz­man and Mike Gomez got the nam­ing hon­ours but images of their dads are the cor­ner­stone of the brand, along with the art­work.

Marks said his aim was to have the big­gest ur­ban art­work col­lec­tion in the world.

He said ev­ery Guz­man Y Gomez restau­rant had an orig­i­nal art­work by one of sev­eral Mex­i­can artists who he had sought out.

Ev­ery restau­rant is also a fundrais­ing site for Mi­sion Mex­ico, a refuge for ne­glected and abused street kids in the south of Mex­ico.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d425954

Guz­man y Gomez founder Steven Marks and WA de­vel­oper Court­ney James Smith.

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