With little notice and less signage, takeout restaurant OCHO Burrito opened its doors on Congress Street yesterday, and still fans found their way in. Owners Mike Keon and Anthony Allen have seen amazing success with their OTTO Pizza chain and its rotating assortment of unique toppings, and now the duo is bringing a similar concept to a Mexican classic. With wrapped deliciousness like coconut curry pork or braised beef brisket, OCHO is hoping to reimagine what a burrito can be.
The business name means "eight" in Spanish, a nod to the Italian equivalent "otto" (which refers to the eight slices comprising a pizza). Opening day food prices ranged from $7.25 for a Classic with no meat (chicken, pork, or beef could be added for $1.25) to $8.50 for Moroccan Chicken with quinoa, tabbouleh, goat cheese, pico de gallo, and cucumber raita. Check out the crowd lining up outside OCHO's small space for lunch on Thursday and prepare for more of the same kind of crowds in coming days. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with plans for late night in the near future.