Response to a new business in Lynn town centre selling authentic Mexican street food has been so phenomenal that in its first week every day saw sell-out sales.
Driven by a passion for food and a long-held determination to turn that into a business, Chris Leech, from Heacham, swapped his career as a refrigeration and air con engineer for a new role in the food industry.
His business, Serranos, operates from a trailer which he designed and built from scratch himself on Baxter’s Plain, near to Beales department store.
After his first week last week he said feedback had been “overwhelming”. “People have been blown away by the food. Some have taken samples away and come back with their families, some have been coming back twice in the same day. Every day we have been selling out and the feedback we are getting is phenomenal.”
He puts the success down to filling a market niche in Lynn and using only locally sourced fresh food, free from additives and unprocessed.
“We don’t cut corners on our food. All the fruit and veg is from local suppliers and the meat we use is high quality butcher’s meat from Suffolk. We cater for all tastes, so it’s not all hot and spicy.
“Mexican food has become very popular in the food market and last year it outsold curries in the supermarkets throughout the UK. I also feel it’s right for Lynn, where there is no restaurant selling this kind of food.
“In other countries where I have travelled, including Mexico and Thailand, the street food is some of the best food I have ever tasted. I have had an interest in food for many years and like experimenting with ideas.”
Helping Chris get Serranos started, is his mother, Vanessa Taylor, also from Heacham, who assists with the food preparation, all done on site, and sales.
Chris also paid tribute to Beales store, which had been supportive by allowing him to access a power supply so that he didn’t need to rely on a generator.
Serranos is open from Wednesdays through to Saturdays, from 11.30am to 5pm.