If you’ve been to Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar in Southie recently, and if you were surprised, given how packed it was, at the speed of the service, you’re not alone. If you pictured some kind of Dickensenian mini-factory beneath a trap door behind the bar, affably churning out tortillas, you’re also not alone. Though you might be a little off.
Fact is, Loco has a new tortilla machine, and it does the work of a team of factory workers in half the time. Plus it has no desire to unionize.
“We were actively looking for an appropriate machine for a couple of months,” says Loco Executive Chef Matt Drummond. “We had to play kitchen-line-puzzle to figure out what fit and what didn’t in our kitchen.”