How Bay Area based Chevys rose to fame with ‘El Machino’
When Chevys Fresh Mex made its grand debut in Alameda in 1986, it wasn’t the fajitas that were the main draw. Neither were the stiff margaritas, nor the wacky 1980s decor.
Instead, it was a state-of-the-art automatic contraption nicknamed “El Machino,” which cranked out fresh flour tortillas every 53 seconds. The assembly line oven was front and center at every Chevys restaurant during the better part of the 1980s through the early 2000s and it was, without a doubt, Chevys’ pride and joy.