This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press.
Bulliez Tacos has opened in Anchorage, serving fresh tacos daily while also donating to the Alaska Bully Rescue, a non-profit organization that focuses on bully breeds statewide.
After 25 years of traveling in the Air Force, Amy Jeter wanted to settle down. She fell in love with Alaska’s slower pace of life compared to her hometown of San Antonio, Texas, a city of two and a half million people. After her husband retired in 2004, they decided to stay in Alaska.
Jeter always wanted to open a brick and mortar, but these days, she was worried about the economy. She was tired of waiting and thought a food truck would be a great way to dip her feet into the water.
“We’ve gotten nothing from positive feedback about the food, which is always a good thing. So far, everyone has been very welcoming of it, the food itself and the whole overall concept,” Jeter said.
Even though Bulliez Tacos just recently opened, Jeter will be donating 5 percent of the net proceeds made from the truck to Alaska Bully Rescue. Alaska Bully Rescue was founded in 2015 to provide a safe haven for bully breeds.
“Anything that can help the rescue is a good thing, we’re never going to turn that down,” Jeter said.
Jeter’s love of bulldogs started years ago when she adopted an English bulldog named Myka from a friend. She currently has four fur babies which double as the mascots of the food truck.
Bates, Grammar, Pierce and Gaiman are the names of her pups, but also the names of her catering packages offered at Bulliez Tacos.
Beth Prigge is a cofounder and president of Alaska Bully Rescue. She is also the owner of the Hound Lounge, a doggy day care and the first pitbull friendly one in town, according to Prigge.
Jeter called Prigge about the idea of a potential partnership between Bulliez Tacos and Alaska Bully Rescue.
“I think it’s amazing, and her tacos are fabulous,” Prigge said.
Many Anchorage residents have chose to adopt, not shop with Alaska Bully Rescue. Myra Botwin adopted both of her dogs, Rumple and Winnie, from the non-profit organization.
Botwin hopes that more awareness for local non-profits will enlighten the public about these specific types of breeds.
“It makes me happy that the food truck would donate to [Alaska Bully] rescue. Obviously, it makes a difference,” Botwin said.
For the second annual Alaska Bully Rescue fundraiser held on Oct. 22 at the House of Harley-Davidson in Spenard, Bulliez Tacos was set up selling tacos to patrons. Bulliez Tacos donated all net proceeds plus tips from that day to the Alaska Bully Rescue.
Bulliez Tacos is open daily for breakfast and lunch, from 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. They are located downtown on Seventh and L.