Mighty Quinn’s Partners with New York City Based Otto’s Tacos for Pandemic-Era Delivery Solution

This article written by Joanna Fantozzi with Restaurant Hospitality.

With pandemic-era hardships affecting nearly every corner of the restaurant industry, two New York City restaurants and neighbors — Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque and East Village-based Otto’s Tacos — decided to tackle the challenge together by delivering Otto Cedeno’s fast-casual tacos out of a Mighty Quinn’s location on the Upper East Side, starting at the end of November.

In December, after nine months of trying to navigate the challenges of COVID-19, Otto Cedeno made the difficult to decision to close the last of Otto’s Tacos’ three physical locations after his catering-heavy business dwindled during the pandemic.

“We saw our revenue stream go from a vibrant to number to basically nothing,” Cedeno told Restaurant Hospitality.

Mighty Quinn’s, with six locations in New York City and New Jersey, saw their fair share of hardship in 2020 as well, operating constantly on a level of “barebones uncertainty,” especially as New York City shut down indoor dining again in December.

“One thing that we saw was that with the sales declines from the pandemic, there was capacity in the kitchen to do more,” Mighty Quinn’s CEO Micha Magid said. “Otto and I have known each other for seven years so we began talking about how to utilize our labor and kitchen capacity by doing Otto’s on a delivery-only basis.”

At the end of November, just as Cedeno was getting ready to completely close his last physical location, Otto’s relaunched as a delivery brand in partnership with Mighty Quinn’s. Taking cues from the recent surge in ghost kitchens across the industry, Otto’s Tacos now offers a pared-down version of its original menu — including street tacos, bowls, and jaritos  – available via Caviar, Grubhub Uber Eats, and DoorDash. When customers order via these delivery apps, they’ll only see an address on the Upper East Side, but on Otto’s Tacos’ website, they fully disclose their partnership with Mighty Quinn’s…  

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