A Sycamore alumnus was in the news recently after posting a video on TikTok that went viral.
Isabel Milan was interviewed by NBC Chicago after a TikTok video about her mother’s restaurant gained more than 51 million views and counting.
Isabel’s video showed her mother sitting at a table and staring out the window toward the street, waiting for customers to arrive at her empty restaurant. The footage included Isabel writing “it breaks my heart to see my mom watching the door everyday waiting for a customer to walk in,” and was captioned “I wish I could give her customers for Christmas.”
The video blew up on the social network, and the restaurant, Taco-Bout-Joy’s in Glenview (which had opened in October) ended up having massive wait times after people came out to show support.
The restaurant posted on social media it was extremely busy and had long wait times of over an hour, and thanked customers for their support. The owners of Nina’s Taco’s in Sycamore even lent a hand to help with the crowds.
Isabel ended up sharing another TikTok video on the Taco-Bout-Joys account thanking people for their support and showing their family working together to fulfill orders.
Isabel’s mother, Joy, said, “I feel I am happy and overwhelmed at the same time. I am so grateful. The community is so very supportive.” She referred to it as a “Christmas miracle” as thousands of supporters and TikTokers showed up to give their support.
In a recent post, Isabel said, “The craziness has slowed down a lot, but through it all we have gained a lot more regular faces and also had time to build a trusting team and look for a solid cook to help out my mom.”
Way to go, Isabel! Congratulations to you and your family.