Tequila and Treehouses
Pilo's Tequila Garden is an employer of individuals with what the owner calls special abilities.
Beer Gardens are everywhere but a Tequila Garden? Well, for that you’ll head to Wynwood.
Restaurateur Derek Gonzalez — who brought Brickell its popular taco spot Pilo’s Street Tacos — just opened Pilo’s Tequila Garden. This venture features a DJ booth in a treehouse and is decorated in full color with local, national and international art installations and murals. There are also VIP seating areas and three bars.
However, Pilo’s Street Tacos and Pilo’s Tequila Garden’s mission is much larger than helping visitors take their taste buds on a trip to Mexico. In fact, Pilo’s is poised to be one of the largest employers in South Florida of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities — which they call “special abilities.”
Pilo’s works closely with organizations such as Best Buddies, Gigi’s Playhouse and Our Pride Academy to hire individuals with special abilities and raise awareness for the disability employment gap.
Recently, the place launched and made a statement about its place in the dining scene with a “Key to Pilo’s Tequila Garden” ceremony attended by Mayor Francis Suarez who saw performances by DJ Dzeko and Tyla Yaweh.
Pilo’s Tequila Garden, 158 NW 24th Street, Wynwood.
Cristina Mas is the Owner and Founder of CIM Consulting, a company that allows her pursue a love for social entrepreneurship and positive growth. Today, she helps Miami’s top leaders and organizations to connect – across various platforms – and promote and grow their business in innovative ways each day. Mas has launched some of the city’s most innovative developments and impacting initiatives. Mas also continues to pursue her love for charitable activism. She sits on the Board of The Underline and is a Trustee for the Cuban American National Foundation and was most recently chosen as the youngest inductee into the Inner Circle of Twelve by the American Cancer Society and featured as a Miami Today Achiever. She attended Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart and graduated from Loyola University.