Danny Trejo to Open the Most Menacing Vegan Taqueria Ever

01/13/2016 at 02:35 PM ET


Danny Trejo, who has successfully made a career out of looking like someone you’d cross the street to avoid at night, has a softer side you might not be aware of.

You see, Trejo’s a bit of a foodie. He’s got his own coffee blend (roasted in Pasadena), a beer, Cerveca (brewed in downtown L.A.) and a forthcoming line of ice cream sandwiches. Beer and coffee seem like a more natural fit for the actor, but his latest venture might seem a little far afield for the guy who’s anchored film franchises like Machete and Bad Ass. It’s a vegan-friendly taqueria.

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Trejo’s Tacos — the restaurant has the actor’s face plastered across its exterior — has a menu designed by L.A. chef Daniel Mattern that spotlights its house-made salsas and vegan options like fried avocado and black pepper tofu stuffed into mung bean tortillas.

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Trejo’s Tacos is operating with a loftier goal in mind as well: After service ends for the day, any leftover food from the restaurant will be donated to a local homeless shelter.

That’s pretty sweet for a guy who once bungee-jumped out of a window using someone’s innards.

—Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

FILED UNDER: Food , Restaurants , Stars & Chefs

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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It’s a good thing Danny isn’t operating his restaurant in New York, or he wouldn’t be able to donate his food to the homeless. Thanks to our previous mayor, Bloomberg, it is against the law to do so because of “health concerns”.

fmclemore1 on

He is SO funny in that Snickers commercial!

Anonymous on

Love this guy! He is so funny.

VP on

Nice to know Danny donates leftover foods to local homeless shelter instead of throwing it away.

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