Local Gem

Local Gems highlight a notable neighborhood restaurateur or merchant. These profiles tell the story of the merchant’s origin. We explore their inspiration, what the neighborhood was like when they started, how they shaped their menu and what’s next.

Local Gem

The Central Valley’s Gone Ape Over Quesadilla Gorilla’s Take on a Classic

And not just because it starts with a kitchen courtship between two teenagers in the small California town of Visalia. Nor is it because it ends with a business so successful that the pair placed third on Fortune Magazine’s 2019 list of Top 100 Fastest Growing Inner City Businesses in the Country. Not even because the community rallied around the enterprise when the coronavirus pandemic threatened to close their doors for good.