Los Pancho’s Taco & Tequila Bar: The Story Behind the Mural

The Pancho Villa mural on the wall of Los Pancho’s Taco & Tequila Bar is a colorful and vibrant representation of Pancho Villa. A Mexican revolutionary, known for enjoying good food and good tequila.

Los Pancho’s Taco & Tequila Bar captivates the decorations and beautiful colors of the popular Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. During this holiday families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives. Even just for a brief reunion that includes food, drink, and celebration. If you are looking for an Atmosphere to bring you straight to Mexico – this place has it!

The Los Pancho’s Mural

The Los Pancho’s mural, scouring the entire outside entrance wall, is the first thing guests see when walking inside the restaurant. Wanting to capture the rich history of Mexican Culture, the owners decided to incorporate the famed revolutionary Pancho Villa and Day of the Dead. The artist, Ruben Ubiera, had to come up with a creative way to represent these two ideas in one painting. His question was, “what would Pancho Villa be doing right now after passing to a better life?”

Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa was a Mexican revolutionary who fought for the rights of peasants and laborers. He was imprisoned at a young age for shooting a man who was harassing his sister. Villa escaped prison and while living as a fugitive, joined Francisco Madero’s successful uprising against the Mexican dictator, Porfirio Diaz. Villa helped overthrow the regime of President Porfirio Díaz.

Due to his skills as a fighter and leader, Villa quickly was made a colonel. Eventually, Villa would join forces with other revolutionaries. As well as created his own military force known as Division del Norte, and became governor of Chihuahua.  Pancho Villa was a renowned military strategist and guerilla leader. His legacy is one that captivated the Mexican people. Scared those who would oppose him. As well as leaving an impact on both the history of Mexico and relations with the U.S. for decades to come.

Villa retired to a quiet life on his ranch until head death in 1923. Villa loved having a good time while sipping on his favorite drink, tequila. This is why the artist wanted to capture a fun carefree side of Villa sipping on tequila and celebrating life.

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead is a day to celebrate those who have gone on before us. This holiday is celebrated by people in many cultures around the world, including Mexico and other countries from Central America. The day is traditionally celebrated with family gatherings in the morning and evening. All while remembering those who have passed on.

It is believed that during Day of the Dead celebrations, souls return to earth for a day or two to visit loved ones. Families set up altars, also known as ofrendas, with photos of their passed loved ones. On these altars, offerings of food and drinks for when they return to visit.

The entire country celebrates this holiday with festive decorations scouring the streets. These include skulls, candles, flowers, and marigolds covering the streets and buildings. Parades are held throughout the cities with people dressed in bright costumes and music filling the streets. The most familiar symbol that can be seen painted on walls and the faces of participants are calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls). This is why one of the main decorations used at Los Pancho’s are colorful skulls.

The Final Product

After hours of ideas and sketches, the owners and artist came up with the best way to incorporate both ideas into one painting. Pancho Villa loved celebrating with his favorite drink, but why not have him cheering and celebrating with his former self. The mural is of Villa’s living self, as well as his passed-on self. Pictured with tequila in hand and surrounded by bright flowers.

A vibrant painting of a woman with her face painted like a sugar skull is the first thing customers see above the entrance. This is how most people dress up during the Mexican holiday. These paintings tell the story of the history of Mexico while giving off a fun and friendly feel to all guests. Come visit Los Pancho’s Taco & Tequila bar in beautiful Lake Worth, Florida. We know you will enjoy our delicious food, great tequila, and an unforgettable experience. 

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