Tequila and Treehouses

Pilo's Tequila Garden is an employer of individuals with what the owner calls special abilities.

Derek Gonzalez

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.