The Windy City Patty Wagon is a family-owned business that was created with one goal in mind: To bring Chicago the best tasting, freshest grilled burgers in the city. Founded in 2012 by brothers Danny and Lou Herrera, the Patty Wagon was custom built from the ground up to be a top-of-the-line mobile restaurant. The brothers use their combined love of cooking, coupled with Danny’s 15 years of culinary industry experience to bring you a fresh, on-the-go meal that will keep you coming back for more.
MEET OUR TEAM:
Co-Owner & Chef, Danny Herrera:
I was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago and developed my love of food and cooking from my mom and grandmother. I got my first taste of the restaurant industry in 8th grade during the summer of 1988 when my mother opened a restaurant in our neighborhood. Seeing the hard work, amazing food, and customer experience my mother created sparked my passion and a dream of one day owning and operating my own restaurant was born.
I got my first break in the restaurant business in 1998 working for Champs Americana. I give them a lot of credit for the foundations and service standards they instilled in me; standards that and I still use today. From Champs I went on to assist in launching Bob Chin’s in Chicago, and from there, in 2003, I was the opening bar manager for Rockit Bar and Grill in River North. I was offered a job in Hawaii and I jumped on the opportunity to open up Lulu’s on Oahu. I was there for two years, and while I loved the islands, I jumped at the opportunity to move to San Diego where I launched two restaurants in the critically acclaimed Gaslamp District. After these amazing adventures and being away for five years, I realized that it was time to come back to my Chicago roots. In 2008 returned to the city and joined forces with Chef JohnManion for the opening of Branch 27, and from there I helped open the Carriage House on Division in Wicker Park with Chef Steuer. The idea for the truck came from when I was living on the West Coast, and the food truck scene was up and coming. I’ve been working in the industry for 15 years now, and I wanted to get realistic with an idea that was innovative and different, something that Chicago didn’t have. And so the Patty Wagon was born.
Mari Daniel was born and raised in the city of Chicago. She attended DePaul University with plans to become a high school art teacher but fell into the world of the beauty industry, working in high end hair salons for about 5 years. In August of 2012, she met Danny at the Carriage House where she worked as a hostess. After deciding that the hostess life was not for her, she hopped on board with the Windy City Patty Wagon where she works as the office manager and events coordinator. Her hobbies include cooking, reading food blogs, enjoying craft beer and Chicago street art.