WHAT SHE DOES
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.