Christian Fragozo loves a challenge. When he and his wife Francys arrived from Colombia six years ago, he knew he would succeed in his chosen career in structural engineering, but the couple had both grown up in restaurant families, and it was in their blood. They fell in love with Downtown Hollywood and started exploring the area with the intention of opening a café.
And so was born the restaurant with the interesting name of Dos Pecados, which translates to Two Sins, at 2019 Harrison Street.
“When people think of fast, tasty, simple, sometimes inexpensive food, tacos and hamburgers are some of the first ones that come to mind,” he explained. “I had thought of some other names, but I think that this is the best way to say that we have both in one place.”
Before starting out, though, Fragozo brainstormed with family, friends, and investors in the industry. He showed them Harrison Street, the whole area of Downtown Hollywood, and once they got to know it, he said, they all pushed him to open the business.
“It is a family effort,” he said, adding that he greatly values all the input and opinions of his team of mentors.
“I want to grow, so I have to take advantage of the people around me, their many years of knowledge and experience,” he acknowledged. “I asked for their support, their advice, their opinions, and they said yes, it’s a good idea, we will help you. I want the business to grow, so it’s very important to have that support. I know it’s hard work, but I am ready for it.”
In the few weeks since they opened, Dos Pecados has already attracted a strong, local following for the two different but equally crave-worthy menus. Fragozo reports that the most popular items so far have been the Cheese Loaded Burger, a juicy beef patty topped with caramelized onions, two melted cheeses and the Dos Pecados special sauce ($14.75); and the Birria Taco, a tortilla filled with meat stew bathed in a mix of chiles and spices, ($9.00). Hot dogs, burritos and bowls are also on the menu, along with beer and wine.
The bright and colorful interior is complemented by a cozy outdoor patio dining area, where diners can relax, eat, and drink.
“I’ve spent the last six years thinking, working, deciding, and now finally opening,” Fragozo explained. “I think the good thing here in Downtown Hollywood is that you have many types of food from different countries right here. And that’s crazy! But it’s good.”
Dos Pecados is open Monday to Thursday from 11 am to 9:30 pm, and Friday to Sunday from 11 am to 10 pm. For more information, call 954-589-1518 or visit https://linktr.ee/dospecados.