Project description

Business Owners: Chris White & Dorian Kidd
Business: 180 Tacos
Location: Provo, Utah

Meet Dorian Kidd and Chris White
“I can put anything in a taco.” Says chef Dorian of 180 Tacos. Dorian Kidd and Chris White are the owners of 180 Tacos in Provo Utah. They call themselves 180 Tacos because they felt they were going the opposite direction of other street taco vendors. Although they are still tacos, instead of giving you a typical street taco they give you a culinary adventure, wrapped in a tortilla.

“There are lots of learning curves in this highly competitive market, but we have made it. It’s something to be proud of, just by the fact that people show up and walk through our door everyday to buy what we have”

The Making of 180 Tacos
Chris and Dorian have worked with each other before, when this location opened up they knew they wanted to put their heads together and come up with something that they could give to the community. What started as a simple idea to sell street tacos quickly did a 180.  “We were taking street tacos in a whole new direction, all types of cuisine were now wrapped in a tortilla.”

Chris uses his experience running businesses to take charge of the business side of things at 180 Tacos, and Chef Dorian is a wizard in the kitchen, previously known in the area as the corporate chef for popular restaurant “Café Rio” Dorian has worked all over the state in many top restaurants and businesses. “There are lots of learning curves in this highly competitive market, but we have made it. Its something to be proud of, just the fact that people show up and walk through our door everyday to buy what we have.” All the things Dorian and Chris have learned over the years have culminated in 180 Tacos and is something they are proud to share.

Advice for Future Business Owners
Of all the inspirational things Chris and Dorian said a few had extra impact. “It really is a living thing. Have an idea and bring it to life.” They joke that there partner ship is kind of like a marriage, “We are with each other everyday, and have to make important decisions together.” So find people that you really work well with because you will be doing everything together.

180 Tacos Last Words
There are many ups and downs, and “they can be taxing,” said Chris. Dorian adds, “If you don’t have a vision, forget it. You have to know who you are what you produce and what you offer to the community or else those ups and downs are going to get you.”

180 Tacos Last Words
There are many ups and downs, and “they can be taxing,” said Chris. Dorian adds, “If you don’t have a vision, forget it. You have to know who you are what you produce and what you offer to the community or else those ups and downs are going to get you.”