There were days when he sold four or five dozen. On the weekends, it was more like 10 to 15 dozen.
On the first day, he brought in $ 90, then $ 150 on the second, enough money to buy more ingredients. Soon he was making arroz con pollo, enchiladas, and pepper steak and selling them in containers he bought two for a dollar at the dollar store.
It got to the point where he needed a commercial kitchen, so in May Rodriguez took over the Global Marketplace, 2161 Zeier Road, which was owned by Red Lion Singapore Grill & Japanese Cuisine.
Rodriguez bought all of the former tenant’s equipment for Arod’s Tex Mex & American Grill, which is open daily.
“I had a big debt to pay so we had to push hard, but it really did us good. It was a blessing,” said Rodriguez, who had credit card loans, two car payments. , rent, plus utilities, a phone, and hospital bills are piling up.
“We never even thought about opening a place,” he said. “It just fell on us.”
At Arod’s, Rodriguez prepares combo containers with a choice of enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, grilled burritos, chimichangas and tostadas with pork belly, shrimp, steak, chicken or ground beef.
Tamales are always available, but are not on the menu and must be ordered in advance as they take extra time and effort to prepare, he said.