Latino-owned San Antonio businessman invited to meet with President Biden

Box Street All Day, the San Antonio business that’s been setting the table for some of the most popular brunch scenes in the city in 2022, was invited to President Biden’s roundtable in Washington DC on Thursday, April 28. Biden met with the San Antonio team including owners Edward García III and Daniel Treviño as well as Creative Partner Caroline García-Bowman to highlight entrepreneurs of color who the president says are “helping power America’s economic recovery.”

The Box Street group was connected with the Biden Administration by Olivia Travieso of the OCI Group, which has a San Antonio office, according to García. They met via phone call earlier this week and 24 hours later, they were at the nation’s capital, flanking the president during the roundtable.

Also invited to the conversation were Jeff Yerxa and Nicolas Cabrera of DC-based Lost Sock Roasters and Jennifer Arniella, the Miami business owner of Unique Crafts by Jenn.

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 28: US President Joe Biden (2nd-L) gives remarks before meeting with small business owners in the South Court Auditorium of the White House on April 28, 2022 in Washington, DC. During his remarks, President Biden spoke on the growing numbers of Americans pursuing small businesses in 2021 and how the continuing growth helps create jobs. Joining President Biden for the roundtable were Jeff Yerxa, the co-founder of Lost Sock Roasters, Nicolas Cabrera, the co-founder of Lost Sock Roasters, Jennifer Arniella, the owner of Unique Crafts by Jenn, Edward Garcia III, the co-founder of the Box Street Social, and Daniel Trevino, the co-founder of the Box Street Social. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images)

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The White House celebrated a business “boom” powered by minorities like the San Antonio owners.

“Hispanic entrepreneurs started new businesses in 2021 at a faster rate in more than a decade, 23 percent faster than pre-pandemic levels,” the White House said in a statement.

Box Street All Day owners Edward Garcia III and Daniel Treviño as well as Creative Partner Caroline Garcia-Bowman were invited to meet with President Biden at the White House on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Box Street All Day owners Edward Garcia III and Daniel Treviño as well as Creative Partner Caroline Garcia-Bowman were invited to meet with President Biden at the White House on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Courtesy, Caroline Garcia-Bowman

Box Street’s full-scale concept was initially set to open in 2020. The team powered through pandemic setbacks and finally debuted in December 2021 at Hemisfair with a triumphant reception. Any given weekend, crowds of brunchers walk through the perfectly pastel spot, anxious to tear into the breakfast platters with friends.

Biden noted Box Street’s success in growing from a food truck to a brick-and-mortar while introducing the groups to the roundtable.

Box Street All Day owners Edward Garcia III and Daniel Treviño as well as Creative Partner Caroline Garcia-Bowman were invited to meet with President Biden at the White House on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Box Street All Day owners Edward Garcia III and Daniel Treviño as well as Creative Partner Caroline Garcia-Bowman were invited to meet with President Biden at the White House on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Courtesy, Caroline Garcia-Bowman

“Eddie and Daniel were able to turn their food truck into a brick-and-mortar company of their own,” the president said with a laugh. “That must feel pretty good, huh? And they’re just some of the folks driving this economic recovery and reminding us that everything – that anything and everything is possible in America.”

An off-camera roundtable chat followed, giving the Box Street owners the chance to discuss their path to opening the brick-and-mortar restaurant and how aid from COVID-19 relief programs helped them bring their vision to fruition.

Box Street All Day owners Edward Garcia III and Daniel Treviño as well as Creative Partner Caroline Garcia-Bowman were invited to meet with President Biden at the White House on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Box Street All Day owners Edward Garcia III and Daniel Treviño as well as Creative Partner Caroline Garcia-Bowman were invited to meet with President Biden at the White House on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Courtesy, Caroline Garcia-Bowman

García spoke with MySA from Washington DC on Friday morning and was still in disbelief. He says the president’s invitation “confirms” his team is headed in the right direction. He and Garcia-Bowman say the president was welcoming and made them feel at home in the White House. García says Biden went off schedule and invited them into the Oval Office, where he shared cookies with the guests.

Box Street All Day owners Edward Garcia III and Daniel Treviño as well as Creative Partner Caroline Garcia-Bowman were invited to meet with President Biden at the White House on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Box Street All Day owners Edward Garcia III and Daniel Treviño as well as Creative Partner Caroline Garcia-Bowman were invited to meet with President Biden at the White House on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Courtesy, Caroline Garcia-Bowman

“We thought we were just going to do a handshake and say ‘bye,’ but to actually sit down a foot away from him, have a conversation with him and be invited to the Oval Office was unreal,” the owner says. “It was the best trip that we could have ever imagined.”

The Biden administration says it wants to continue supporting small businesses and make success “easier.”

Box Street All Day owners Edward Garcia III and Daniel Treviño as well as Creative Partner Caroline Garcia-Bowman were invited to meet with President Biden at the White House on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Box Street All Day owners Edward Garcia III and Daniel Treviño as well as Creative Partner Caroline Garcia-Bowman were invited to meet with President Biden at the White House on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Courtesy, Caroline Garcia-Bowman

García says it “makes sense” that a higher rate of minority-owned small businesses persevered through the challenges of the pandemic.

“When our backs are against the wall, we’re going to do whatever it takes to survive,” he adds.

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