International Sushi Day (June 18th) was created for one simple reason – to encourage those around the world to enjoy more sushi!
So unless you are pregnant, prepare your chopsticks and stop by Sushi Loco, a Japanese-Mexican fusion concept created by chef and founder Francisco Mendoza that combines both tastes and textures.
The story of Sushi Loco started when Frank Mendoza purchased a food cart off a Craigslist ad. He paid $1200 and begun selling his unique cuisine on the streets of Tijuana, Mexico. Mexican sushi is not your usual street food, and was a hard sell to Tijuana’s tourists and locals alike. The unique taste required a unique population of foodies for Frank Mendoza’s dreams to be fulfilled. So in 2010 Mendoza pushed his cart across the border and into the United States, eventually setting up shop on the streets of Los Angeles. In its food-cart days, the fusion concept was called Sushi Island and Frank Mendoza, his wife, and his nephew developed the brand tirelessly, serving high quality “Mexican sushi” and mariscos.
The success of Sushi Island further fueled Mendoza’s desire and he renamed the business El Sushi Loco. In 2011, Frank and his family saw the opening of their first brick and mortar restaurant in La Puente. Soon after, they opened another branch in Downey, and most recently a branch in Pomona, CA.
Mendoza is not only a great chef and entrepreneur, but also a compassionate man. This past weekend, he partnered up with Works of Power Inc (a non-profit organization) and provided free food and groceries to senior citizens and families impacted by COVID-19 in the Pomona Valley of California. El Sushi Loco also honored its first responders such as police officers, firefighters, health care workers and hospital staff with free meals.