BERWYN – It’s been Berwyn resident Ernesto Torres’ lifelong dream to own a restaurant with his younger brother, Fernando, and after winning a contest at Lombard’s Yorktown Center this summer, their popular Berwyn-based food truck, Ofrenda, will open as a brick-and-mortar location in early 2019.
The contest, Taste for the Space, featured 12 Chicago-area food trucks, chefs and entrepreneurs who competed for a space in the popular shopping destination, plus a prize of $50,000 to use for their new business. The public was invited to sample food from each of the entrants on June 16 and vote for their favorite, while judges from Yorktown Center’s managing company, Pacific Retail Capital Partners, looked over each of the competitors' business plans.
When Ofrenda was selected as the winner in July, Ernesto said it felt “exciting and unreal.”
“When we made it to the final three, I thought we had a good chance,” he said. “Yorktown was really interested in what we had to say, and it’s crazy to think that they chose us. We’re just two brothers who started a business out of a van, and we’ve come a long way.”