At Illegal Pete’s, they serve loaded Mission Style burritos, tacos, and world-famous queso alongside a full bar with their signature, fresh margaritas. They take their food very seriously, sourcing their meats from Niman Ranch and their tortillas from a local, organic tortilla maker; but the food is just a small part of what they do. They believe in the convergence of fun and philanthropy—their burritos are just one way to make the world a better place, one bite at a time. Here are the ways you’re helping to save the world, just by eating or grabbing a happy hour drink at Illegal Pete’s:
1. When You Eat at Pete’s, You Support a Living Wage
When you order from Illegal Pete’s, you might notice that their customer service is above and beyond. Their employees are authentically happy because they’re paid far above industry standards. They just announced their living wage success: over a three-year period, their Founder and President, Pete Turner, raised all employee wages aggressively, to prove that it was possible to continue to grow the company. Each employee now makes an average of $12,000 more per year, and they’ve managed to still grow from seven to eleven locations during that time. Their starting tipped wages begin at $15/hr.; adding in benefits, paid time off and food, it comes out to $46,000 per year for a starting position at a quick service restaurant.
Not only do they pay their employees well, but they’re telling the world about it so they can prove that fairly compensating employees is not just possible, it’s profitable. So, next time your order an Illegal Pete’s burrito, know that you’re investing in a company dedicated to spreading the gospel of a living wage.
2. Burrito Sales Fund Causes, Fundraisers, Charities, and Schools
Many of us want to donate to causes but are paralyzed by an overwhelming number of charities to choose from, or an insecurity in our lack of funds. At Illegal Pete’s, they host myriad fundraisers year-round because they like finding ways to help their community that are as easy as ordering nachos. Their customers simply come into Illegal Pete’s on a fundraising night, mention the fundraiser at the register, and 50% of their sale will go towards the advertised school, charity, or nonprofit.
They also host month-long fundraisers like the one during Autism Awareness Month. Each April, they ask customers to smother their burrito for $1 and raise money for the Joshua School. They contributed $20k in a single month from burrito sales to benefit individuals with developmental disabilities. They also host fundraisers to support cancer research and awareness, and music youth programs, like Youth on Record.
3. When You Drink Beer, You Support the Arts
Going to the rock show tonight? Stop by Illegal Pete’s and they’ll buy you a beer! With their Soundcheck program, if you show your same-day ticket stub, they’ll give you a free drink with entrée purchase. Why are they bribing their customers with free beer to see ticketed events? They want to inspire their customers to support music and the arts!
4. Eating at Pete’s Feeds Hungry Bands
Did you know that Illegal Pete’s feeds touring bands for free? Their Founder and President, Pete Turner, is a huge music fan. He understands that touring the country in order to bring us good tunes is a sacrifice, and he wants to make bands feel welcome in Colorado and Arizona. That’s why Illegal Pete’s gives them the burrito hookup when they’re coming through town. When you eat at Illegal Pete’s, not only are you supporting a company that helps road-weary bands get a good meal... you might even run into your favorite rock star!
Next time you’re enjoying breakfast, lunch, happy hour or dinner at Illegal Pete’s, know that you’re helping the world in your own small way—a delicious way.