FOUNDERS JESUS GONZALEZ AND SEAN PHELAN
Jesus Gonzalez and Sean Phelan are more than business partners. They’ve build their 15-year friendship on mutual respect and admiration – and of course, a shared desire to create positive change in Milwaukee. At Zócalo, they’ve created a platform for food entrepreneurs to share their creative culinary concepts and a safe space for people to gather and exchange ideas.
Jesus is a first-generation Mexican American and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America as well as chef, entrepreneur and owner of the popular taco truck Mazorca. As the owner of Phelan Development, Sean develops and invests in real estate projects that reinforce place making in communities. Sean and his wife Lucia’s mentorship of Jesus throughout his life encouraged him to explore the culinary arts in different cities
Sean’s coaching has also spurred Jesus to move forward with his ideas, turning goals into reality. Inspired by the food truck culture across the United States, both Sean and Jesus saw a perfect opportunity to work together, bringing the concept to Milwaukee in the burgeoning Walker’s Point neighborhood. On July 13, 2019, Zócalo Food Park opened at 636 S. 6th Street.