Takoma Park: San Pancho, a San Fran Mission-Style Burrito Shop, to Open This Fall

by MCS Staff

Cielo Rojo, a family owned “fine-casual” Mexican restaurant, opened in the heart of Takoma Park at the start of 2019. Owners David Perez and Carolina McCandless first met in 2012 at Gracias Madre, a vegan Mexican restaurant in San Francisco, and now they’re bringing their version of San Fransisco Mission-style burritos to Takoma Park.

San Pancho plans to open this fall in the space that is currently home to Cielo Rojo (7056 Carroll Ave), while Cielo Rojo moves down the street to a larger space. A San Fransisco Mission-style burrito is a type of burrito that first became popular during the 1960s in the Mission District of San Francisco, California. It is distinguished from other burritos by its large size and inclusion of rice and other ingredients, and became popular when major chains like Chipotle, Qdoba, and more, began offering their versions across the county.

McCandless has ties to the area, as she’s from Takoma Park and her parents own nearby Amano, which offers unique and affordable women’s clothing, jewelry, accessories, and shoes.

According to a post on the restaurant’s social media, the plan is to open this fall.

“We are looking forward to bringing SF Mission style burritos to the DC area. Our target opening is fall 2022. We will keep everyone updated here! We’re so excited with our logo/branding, done by Mexican-American illustrator @paloma.nicole.illustration. It is inspired by the richness & culture of the Mission district in SF (La Mission), where our concept was born & where our owners met!”

News of the opening timeframe was first reported by Source of the Spring.

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