Like many in the last few years, Nicolas Ibarzabal’s job was in danger of being a casualty of the economic downturn. He decided to channel his energy into creating his own business based around what he described as one of his “passions” — the empanada. With two other fellow Argentines 5411 Empanadas was created.
Chicago has more than a few hoops food trucks have to jump through but 5411 Empanadas has managed to grow a following with regular daily spots. There are also plans to open a restaurant in Lincoln Park.
Seems like a silver lining to the economy can be that people are deciding to try a hand at doing what they love for a living.