Juan and Danielle Grimaldo are bringing their brand of Mexican cuisine to Bloomfield.
Owners of Totopo Mexican Kitchen and Bar in Mt. Lebanon and Tocayo Taqueria & Tequila in Shadyside, the couple are currently setting up Camino Mexican Street Food in the former Del’s Bar & Ristorante at 4428 Liberty Ave.
“We want to take the best of Totopo and Tocayo and incorporate it into the concept,” says Juan Grimaldo. “So you can expect tacos, tortas, burritos, salads, cereal bowls and more. The vibe will be completely different with alfresco dining, an open kitchen where you can watch food being prepared, all in a fast-casual style restaurant and bar.
They are thrilled to put a new spin on a landmark in Little Italy and make it a destination for residents, workers and people from all over Pittsburgh.
Cosmetic changes are being made to the building – which briefly housed Sugar and Smoke – and there will be seating for around 100 people.
The couple say they’ve been hit hard by the pandemic, but dedicated staff members and loyal customers have helped them through it. Totopo recently celebrated its fifth anniversary and Tocayo, a hidden Walnut Street gem, debuted in 2019.
“Thanks to our amazing customers who supported us by ordering takeout and returning as soon as the restrictions were lifted, we were not only able to survive, but thrive,” says Juan Grimaldo.
Based on the response to Camino, the Grimaldos say they would like to open more fast-paced, laid-back concepts throughout Pittsburgh.