These days, everyone knows Rocco Mangel — founder of the Rocco’s Tacos Tequila Bar chain — for wearing his tequila-pouring shoes. If you catch him on the bar at any one of his restaurant locations, you know the shots will be flowing free that night. But not many people know it’s also how Mangel decided to start his now-annual “Tacos & Tatas,” a fundraising campaign begun in 2011 to raise money for breast cancer awareness.
“When I first started pouring tequila shots, I was in my West Palm Beach restaurant, and people would always try to tip me while I was up there [on the bar],” Mangel has said. “So it got me thinking: This would be a great way to raise money.”Once again, Mangel is on a mission to raise some serious moolah to fight breast cancer. For the fifth year in a row, Mangel will use the entire month of October — and all six Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar Florida locations, including the new Delray Beach restaurant — to raise money for a good cause, donating a percentage of their famed Taco Tuesday sales to breast cancer research through the Florida-based Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Tacos & Tatas participating Florida Rocco’s Tacos include Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Delray Beach, and Orlando.