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Meet. Get engaged. Open a taco shop. Shirley Picon and Daniel Wajdik, III are the living embodiment of the modern American Dream. And they’re doing it all in just 18 months.
But this isn’t the case of two day-dreamers who just happen to love tacos almost as much as each other.
“I’m an executive chef and Shirley is a Peruvian chef, so together you can imagine how delicious our food will be,” Wajdik told Greater Long Island. “We are getting married in a few weeks and once we come back from our honeymoon we will be opening [May 27].
“So we’ve been planning a business and a wedding simultaneously!”
The two seized on the opportunity to lease the vacant restaurant space at 10560 Main Road in Mattituck, formerly known as Mattitaco, across the road from Starbucks.
In no time at all, they began renovating and crafting a unique menu for their upcoming establishment: Chenza’s Twisted Tacos.
The Mexican-inspired menu will feature not only the traditional taco, but also various types of tacos that borrow from different cultures, such as those in Japan, Italy, and Greece, to name a few.
Wajdik’s passion for combining cuisines is evident in his menu, which will also include — for example — a Korean short rib taco with pickled vegetables and tzatziki sauce, as well as a Jamaican jerk chicken taco with mango salsa.
Chenza’s Twisted Tacos will offer made-to-order, grab-and-go food items like tacos and burritos, but also prepared food by the pound, like at a deli, from the warmers, Wajdik said.
The couples plans on revealing the entire menu a day or two before the grand opening. That event will feature a live broadcast by WLNG radio, based in Sag Harbor, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Chenza’s Twisted Tacos will offer indoor and outdoor seating.
Top: Chenza’s Twisted Tacos owners Shirley Picon and Daniel Wajdik, III, outside their new restaurant in Mattituck. (Credit: Starr Fuentes)