Chamber names Dos Bros Fresh Mexican Grill Small Business of the Month
Dos Bros Fresh Mexican Grill, 433 S. Illinois Ave., is the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Month. The award is sponsored by Enrichment Federal Credit Union.
The eatery opened Aug. 19, 2019 at the former Chipotle location and had just gotten momentum when COVID-19 hit, plunging owner Alfredo Guerrero into a “difficult year,” according to a Chamber news release. Despite the challenges, he was motivated to look out for others in his new community, and the restaurant hosted a free burrito and soda Thanksgiving meal for those in need. Remembering his days at another restaurant, where the holiday was stressful and hectic, he offered a meal to those “who didn’t have anyone to share with.” His employees followed his giving example by showing up to serve the food to more than 200 people on their own time.
“Dos Bros is very close to the community, and I brought that here,” Guerrero said.
Founders Kush Shah and Milan Patel started the chain in Cleveland, Tenn. He went to work for them a year after they started. He had been their corporate trainer for six years when the opportunity for him to own his own store presented itself.
“My wife Alex had her cosmetology license, and we were ready to move to Texas, Alfredo stated in the release. “I was very fortunate they thought of putting this in my hands.”
So the family — including three children and two nieces — moved sight unseen to Oak Ridge.
“We fell in love (with the place) and here we are two years later,” he stated.
It was indeed a risk — he sold his house to invest in the business.
Guerrero, assisted by his wife in administration, focuses on operations. He continues to embrace his new community, donating food to churches and high school projects, and doing Spirit Night fundraisers for nonprofits.
Dos Bros prides itself on freshness.
“We soak and boil our own beans, shred our own cheese from a block and make our salsa from scratch,” he explained.
The Mexico City resident came to the United States on Dec. 22, 1999 and settled in Dalton, Ga., before coming to Tennessee. The local Dos Bros employs 15 people. He enjoys “giving people the chance to do more than just work for a restaurant, but to possibly advance to have their own.”
To nominate a business, visit Small Business of the Month under the Members tab on the Chamber’s website: www.oakridgechamber.org. Businesses with 50 or fewer employees, are a current member of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce in good standing, and show active involvement in the community and/or the Chamber, are eligible for the award.