Over the weekend, Bravas Burgers celebrated their third anniversary. Here is a two-part interview we did with chef/owner Bo Gonzalez, and Old 5 and Dime Sign Co's Justin Lim.
"We started out with a cart, and then we moved to a food truck. We're getting to the point in the food truck where we're running errands every day, and we're re-prepping food every day — it just makes sense for us to have a home base.
Do something cool, do something you believe in. Do something that you can wake up and you want to get into your kitchen and come up with something that you think your customers are going to be like, "Dang!" — and want to share it on social media. You want to do something kinda out there, but still delicious.
I honestly got into this because I thought it might be a little easier, and I don't know what I was thinking. I was 19, so I was kind of an idiot.
This town wants cool things, you know? There's so many food trucks out there now that are doing really well and have great products. I think Fort Wayne is totally supportive." — Bo Gonzales, chef/founder Bravas Food.
"I'm Justin Lim. I've been here lettering all Bravas new windows. I do all hand lettering, and gold leaf, and some pinstriping on motorcycles and hot rods.
However much time you spend actually painting, there's also that same amount of time behind the scenes at the studio — drawing out the patterns, everything is all hand-drawn and spaced out. All the stuff you see here was on a big piece of paper.
This design was done by Shaun Malinowski at Good Stuff. It kind of bounced off how Shaun originally laid out Bravas, and we kind of collaborated from there.
I like Fort Wayne a lot, especially local mom-and-pop shops. Even if they're not from Fort Wayne, all small businesses are very cool, they'll give me a few ideas and then let me just do my own thing.
I never really did any painting until I started sign painting — that was the first paint medium that I've ever really messed with, and I just fell in love with it." — Justin Lim, owner/founder Old 5 and Dime Sign Company.