San Francisco’s Mission District and burritos go hand-in-hand like rice and beans. We brought that home-style flavor of Mexican street food to Boston with our first location on Brookline’s Beacon Street in 1995. Since then, we’ve expanded into Boston, Cambridge and Somerville with five additional locations on Harvard Street in Brookline (1997), Porter Square in Cambridge (1999), Davis Square in Somerville (2001), MIT Stratton Center in Cambridge (2005) and Cambridge Street in Beacon Hill (2008).
“Success is nothing without significance.” We love that quote, because it sums up our philosophy in a nutshell. Giving back to inspiring community organizations and grateful customers like you is our bread and butter (or, in this case, tortillas and salsa). We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the impact Anna’s has had on the lives of thousands of our customers over the past 20 years has been humbling and amazing at the same time. Whether it’s a 6th grade class in South Bronx, NY taking a special trip to Boston just for our burritos or customers begging for Anna’s to open in their neighborhood (from Jamaica Plain to NYC to Dubai!), we get letters, emails and photos from our customers looking to share their experience with us. For more inspiring, heartwarming and downright hilarious fan stories, check out our YouTube channel.
Earth-friendly operations have been our standard since day one, especially since they’re a win/win for customers and for the environment.
- Our focus on green starts at the menu with fresh food and ingredients purchased locally whenever possible.
- We pay special attention to our disposables, serving Mexican-style drinks in biodegradable cups made from corn flour and using brown napkins instead of bleached.
- We bring nearly 2,000 pounds of cans, plastic and glass from all six stores to the local recycling center each week (we even have separate collection bins for cardboard recycling).
- We also converted a 14-foot truck – used to transport food from the market to each store – to run on our waste vegetable oil from all six locations.
Giving back to our communities is at the heart of what we do. Over the years, we’ve supported countless organizations with food donations and gift cards, including Girls’ LEAP, Casa Myrna Vasquez,Tri-State Trek for ALS, area public and private schools, Latino Health Institute, Somerville Arts Council and Somerville Homeless Coalition. Part of being in the community is supporting “grassroots” fundraising – helping local organizations and volunteers champion the causes they’re passionate about. From the Pan Mass Challenge and Boston Children’s Chorus to the MIT Women’s Volleyball Club and Central Square Soccer Nights, there’s no organization or objective too large or small – we feel honored to be able to help where we can!
Getting our fans involved makes giving back even more fun and rewarding. At the 2012 Spoon Ninja Burrito Rolling Competition, Anna's employees and fans went head-to-head to find Boston's fastest burrito rollers, raising funds and awareness for the Brookline Teen Center in their quest for burrito glory. And the annual Anna's Walqueria, founded by longtime fan Daniel Rosmarin, takes fans on a half-marathon walk to each Anna's location to support the Home for Little Wanderers (complete with free snacks along the way, of course!). Keep your eyes peeled on our News page for chances to help us impact local organizations and causes.