Posted on: Nov 30, 2020 Posted by: The Current Hub Comments: 0
Be Tara Gary

Owning a business has been a challenge to many this year.  Owning several local restaurants and acquiring an additional one has kept a local family extremely busy but not too busy to give back to the community they serve.  The Chieco Family owns Flatlands Bourbon and Bayou, Mercantile Social, and The Southern Porch on Main all located in the lovely and ever popular downtown Alpharetta recently purchased the 12-year-old CANS Taqueria in downtown Milton.  Jodi collaborated with Daniel Shearer, CANS general manager and Susan from the Rotary club establish a Giving Tree at the newly acquired CANS Taqueria.   I sat down with Jodi to find out why she would literally add more to her plate especially during this challenging time.

As a result of the pandemic and like many businesses, mid-March the restaurants were forced to close.  This devasted them financially as well as emotionally.  Jodi told me that over the many years the staff at each restaurant had become a part of her family and it was imperative to ensure that everyone within the family could survive.  “We pulled together and managed to get through it.” she said.  When I asked her the importance of community support in relation to local businesses she replied, “The community support is EVERYTING… without them we cannot exist.”  “We have the best customers in the world!”.  Jodi went on to say how grateful she is to the outpouring support from the community this past year. They stood by us so strong…they came in and bought gift cards and were very generous with gratuity to our staff.” 

Feeling the need to give back and realizing charitable organizations had been struggling this year as well, Chieco family decided to host a “Giving Tree”.  A Giving Tree is a tree decorated with ornaments representing various amounts of donations.  The Giving Tree at CANS will have ornaments in $2, $5, $10, $50, and $100 increments available.  Patrons can choose an ornament and contribute that amount. CANS will graciously match donations up to the total amount of $4000. I wish we could do more, but the uncertainty of COVID still lingers”, Jodi added.  Contributions to the Giving Tree at CANS Taqueria will be accepted from November 20th through December 17th and will benefit the Drake House.  The Drake House provides housing and education programs for homeless single mother’s in the North Metro Atlanta.    

As I mentioned, the Chieco family recently took over the whimsical CANS Taqueria in downtown Milton.  My friends and I love walking there and rewarding ourselves with a margarita for starters. I could not help but ask Jodi what changes we could expect to see at CANS.  She mentioned a ceviche and oyster bar, a fresh made tortilla station, a phenomenal new bar menu, and live entertainment as among a few new and exciting changes we can look forward to.

What a great way to support the community and your appetite?  By dining at CANS, you will support a local business and its employees, you can partake in the Giving Tree to support a local charity and you will delight your tastebuds with the new menu options. It seems too easy to me.  Get some of your holiday shopping done while strolling through the wonderful and locally owned shops in downtown Milton and reward yourself afterwards with lunch or dinner at the newly owned CANS Taqueria.        

CANS Taqueria 

12635 Crabapple Rd.

Milton, GA 30004-5800

(770) 663-0908


Monday- Saturday 11:30am- 9:00pm

Sundays 11:30am- 8:00pm

You certainly don’t have to convince me to partake in one of the fabulous hand crafted cocktails at Mercantile Social with a fantastically decorated Christmas theme, or the hearty gumbo at Flatlands, or the honey pecan drizzled chicken and waffles at The Southern Porch.  I am there and you should be as well.  When you’re contemplating what to purchase for anyone on your list consider a gift card to anyone of these fabulous locally owned restaurants.  While you are there enjoy the scrumptious food, delightful drinks, and don’t forget to donate to one of the Giving Trees.  Happy Holidays!