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Paz Cantina food truck feeds the First Friday crowds in downtown Phoenix. Photo by Lauren Potter.

When Paz Cantina’s brick-and-mortar location at Third Street and Roosevelt was demolished last year to make room for a new residential development, Paz owner and head chef Michael Reyes decided to innovate. Enter the Paz Catina food truck.

Although the colorfully decorated mobile eatery doesn’t offer the much-loved $3 margaritas found at their old location, Paz’s food menu is as popular as ever. Whether parked at Cobra Arcade Bar on a Saturday night, or on Roosevelt Street for First Friday artwalks, there’s always a crowd of hungry people waiting for Paz’s signature tacos, burritos, elote and more.

Not only has Paz Cantina become a mainstay of (mobile) Mexican food in downtown Phoenix, they’re also passionate about giving back to the community. Most Tuesday’s Reyes and his team feed breakfast burritos to the homeless community at CASS shelter near 12th Avenue and Madison. Oh, and did we mention they also cater?

When local business owners such as Reyes are in a position to persist, persevere and pay-it-forward, the whole community wins.

Follow Paz Cantina on Facebook and Twitter for updates on their truck’s location and info on their future permanent location.