Mayor Carlo DeMaria recently met with Jamie Mammano, chef and owner of five exclusive Boston Restaurants, including Mistral, Sorellina, Teatro, and Mooo, and now Everett business owner. Mammano has chosen Everett to set up shop for his latest business venture, Tortilleria La Nina.
Located on Elm Street, Tortilleria La Nina is no small acquisition for the City. Operating similar to the Mexican model Mammano witnessed during a visit to Tijuana, Tortilleria La Nina is a small-scale, hand-packing tortilla baking company that produces anywhere between 3,000 to 4,000 pounds of preservative-free corn tortillas and tortilla chips a week. After production, Mammano’s product is then distributed amongst 30 different accounts, such as the Boloco restaurant chain, Gillette Stadium, and several food truck businesses.
La Tortilleria La Nina was originally based in Chelsea, with a retail store as well as a manufacturing facility. However Mammano soon decided to close the store, which wasn’t doing well, in favor of concentrating on wholesale and a larger working space in Everett, where it moved last March 2012.
Due to its rapid success, the Everett business has recently gained attention from major New England media outlets such as the Boston Globe. “The goal is to get to 10,000 pounds a week and start selling to retail outlets, such as grocery stores,” stated Mammano in a recent Boston Globe article. After just more than a year in operation, the fledgling firm is poised to double its revenue by late spring, to between $50,000 and $60,000 a month. In addition, popular local restaurants, such as the Painted Burro, can’t get enough of Mammano’s fresh and authentic product.
“Tortilleria La Nina is a great addition to our City,” states Mayor DeMaria, “These innovative businesses are an important part of our ultimate goal to rebuild Everett. It is exciting to see our City once again recognized as a business friendly environment, as a community worth investing in.”