Hunter Ray Barker has more than proved his devotion to Los Toros Mexican Restaurant and Cantina in Chatsworth.
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Hunter Ray Barker is a filmmaker and performer whose IMDB credits include directing shorts like The Great American Mud Wrestle and Taz the Toymaker, and working as a stuntman in a couple of big-budget comedies. But, after this week, he might just be known as "The Bean Dip Guy."

Barker's favorite eatery, Los Toros Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, has had its share of pandemic-related struggles, and he decided to do something to help—by spending 24 straight hours sitting in an inflatable pool filled with Los Toros' bean dip. He hoped that the all-day (and overnight) event might attract a crowd that would place to-go orders after they checked out what was happening in the parking lot.

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"I was like 'Are you sure? Are you sure you want to do this?'" Los Toros owner Nicolas Montaño told Reuters. "And he goes, 'Yeah, I think it would be fun and it's something I want to help the business.'"

From 9:30 a.m. on Monday until 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Barker soaked in his bean dip bath, wearing a T-shirt and facemask that featured the Chatsworth, California restaurant's logo. He ordered a margarita and an enchilada, bought a $200 gift certificate that was given away to a lucky winner, and he got a tattoo of the Los Toros bull—all without getting out of the dip. (And because nothing makes sense anymore, singer Lana Del Rey also stopped by to wish Barker the best.)

"What makes Los Toros so special to me is the feeling. I have been coming here with my family for over twenty years," Barker wrote on the event's website, 24HourBeanDip.com. "I have had many firsts here. My first margarita was here at Los Toros, served on the rocks, of course. The first money I ever made was here at Los Toros when my dad bet me $20 to sing his favorite song 'Vaya Con Dios' alongside the house mariachi band. I was probably about 10 years old."

Los Toros was founded by Nicolas and Delores Montaño in 1967 in Chatsworth, some 30-ish miles north of downtown Los Angeles. When the elder Montaño died in 1996, Nicolas and his wife, Lucia, took charge, and they work with their now-adult children to keep the business going.

After getting out of his high carb bath, Barker's feelings hadn't diminished at all. "It was kind of nice," he told Patch. "I love [bean dip] even more. The bean addiction still stays strong." In that case, being known as "The Bean Dip Guy"—especially 'The Bean Dip Guy Who Did What He Could to Help His Fave Mexican Restaurant"—is a total honor.