WHAT SHE DOES

The Coast - - FOOD DRINK -

Orig­i­nally, El Gallo of­fered re­fried beans, gua­camole, pico de gallo and corn tor­tillas. Quin­tana-Ko­hut would stay up the night be­fore craft­ing each tor­tilla by hand. As her daugh­ter be­came in­creas­ingly busy with school, Rand found her­self fill­ing in the blanks. Work­ing full-time as a tai­lor and part-time for El Gallo, she dis­cov­ered a love for the peo­ple and the at­mos­phere at the mar­ket. “It was so joy­ful to talk to the cus­tomers,” says Rand. “I be­came friends with a lot of very won­der­ful peo­ple.” When Quin­tana-Ko­hut moved to Van­cou­ver in 2010, Rand took over the busi­ness. Al­most ev­ery week cus­tomers asked her why she didn’t open a restau­rant. Soon she started ask­ing her­self the same ques­tion. So she and her hus­band Richard Rand (of Fox Hill Cheese House) em­barked on a new project to­gether.

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