Unemployed Man Now District Taco King

Man Once Unemployed After a Construction Layoff Is Now ‘Taco King’

Osiris Hoil, who moved to America from Mexico as a teenager, had difficulty landing a job at one point in his life. But, things have changed.

Before 2008, Hoil worked in the construction industry to provide for his family. But, in 2008, he hit a “roadblock” and faced a layoff due to economic conditions.

In CNBC’s Make It Happen article entitled, From Construction Job Layoff to 7 Restaurants, an Immigrant’s Path to Success, Kate Rogers provides a recount of his experience:

‘I will never forget that day. My wife was pregnant and I begged for my job,’ Hoil said. ‘I told the owner he could pay me minimum wage, I can sweep the floors.’

Still, the company laid him off. And, he had no success landing a job.

He didn’t give up, though.

Unemployed Man Now District Taco King
Man Once Unemployed After a Construction Layoff Is Now ‘Taco King.’ Original Photo Courtesy of Kaboom Pics. Edited by Priscilla.

“To keep his spirits up, Hoil invited friends and family over for traditional Mexican food he prepared, dishes inspired by his mother’s recipes and high standards for fresh ingredients.”

One of these invited friends was Marc Wallace, an entrepreneur. Wallace enjoyed Hoil’s food and encouraged him to pursue entrepreneurship. He suggested the opening of a food truck.

Hoil thought his friend “was crazy” because food trucks were about $90,000. Wallace, family, and friends financed a hot dog cart instead.

As a result of this investment, District Taco launched in 2009 and has been growing ever since.

District Taco, known as D.C. Taco when it launched, now have “seven locations all around the Washington, D.C. area and are working on several more.”

Hoil started with a hot dog cart and now owns 7 restaurants. He has succeeded in entrepreneurship and believes the dead ends were a blessing.

His story serves as an inspiration to others. It’s always great to see others ‘succeed,’ despite setbacks.

You can view the full article on CNBC:

Kate Rogers, From Construction Job Layoff to 7 Restaurants, an Immigrant’s Path to Success │ CNBC

You can also watch the video below:

 

 

 

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