Variety is the spice of life for new restaurant owner

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Mags Nash of Badass Burritos, O'Connell Street serving Jack Duffy, RaheenPicture: Adrian Butler
A LOCAL woman established the city’s only Mexican food restaurant last week after spending 15 years in the United States.

A LOCAL woman established the city’s only Mexican food restaurant last week after spending 15 years in the United States.

Mags Nash, of Greystones, who set up Badass Burritos in O’Connell Street, was introduced to Mexican cuisine for the first time when she began working for a large catering company in California.

“When I arrived at first, I rented out a kitchen in an Irish bar, where I was serving Irish food to Irish construction workers. Then I went working for a catering company, the largest catering company in California, and the majority of staff there were Mexican. That’s where I was introduced to Mexican food. I worked with Mexicans and El Salvadorians and that’s where it started for me. Burritos kind of started in San Francisco, even though it is Mexican food,” the owner said.

When Mags arrived home, she arrived when recession hit Ireland, she explained.

Prior to setting up the burrito bar, she did business courses and tested her product in her kitchen, using colleagues’ recipes.

“I did a management course with FÁS. Then I did my own cooking at home in my test kitchen. I sourced my recipes from Mexican friends, in San Francisco, from their own grandmothers’ recipe.”

Mags, who once lived in Thomondgate, said she has no competition with the surrounding restaurants as she feels there is enough business for everyone in the city.

She added that all aspiring business people should travel if they wish to set up a successful company: “Travel is the best education of all. I mean, I wouldn’t change a thing about the way my life has been; the people I’ve met, the things I’ve learnt, everything. Travel is the way to go. We’re a multicultural society and variety is the spice of life.”