Owner Graciela Corral said it has been a long, hard road, but the end appears in sight and she plans to reopen the El Tepehuan Mexican Restaurant in August in its new location at 3495 S. Broadway.
“We never expected it would take so long to …
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Owner Graciela Corral said it has been a long, hard road, but the end appears in sight and she plans to reopen the El Tepehuan Mexican Restaurant in August in its new location at 3495 S. Broadway.“We never expected it would take so long to relocate our restaurant just down the block from where we did business for more than 40 years,” Corral said. “But it was first one thing and then another that pushed things back. But we feel we have all the issues that delayed us solved and we plan to open the doors at the new location in August.”Corral sat at the only table currently located in what will become the dining room as she talked about what the new restaurant.“When we open a lot will change, but a lot will be just like it was at the old location,” she said. “The menu will be about the same. Oh, there will be some menu additions, but the favorite choices of our customers will be there. Also the items on the walls and the tables will be the same. But the dining room will be about twice the size it was at the old location. The kitchen will be in the rear of the restaurant and we will have bar service available. We also plan to have four television sets on the walls. Many of our former employees said they plan to return when we open our doors.”Jose Corral opened the doors of El Tepehuan at 3457 S. Broadway in 1978. It was a family business with his wife — Graciela — and children helping operate the restaurant. Family members made sure that all the recipes were strictly followed so the taste and quality of the food remained unchanged over the years.Jose was killed in a car accident in 1987, but Graciela and her children kept the restaurant open.“Our goal from the day we opened was to provide a good, hearty meal at a reasonable price,” she said. “When Jose passed away, we had many loyal customers in Englewood and from other communities and we wanted then to keep coming back, so we worked hard to continue the El Tepehuan tradition.Corral said issues that came up in 2015 made it necessary to move to another location.“We decided to relocate just down the block in the space that used to be the Saigon Palace,” she said. “It was expected to take a few months to renovate the building and initially we tried to operate a food truck to serve our customers. That didn’t work out and all the delays getting the new building ready meant there was no El Tepehuan restaurant to serve our customers for the last 18 months. But we feel things are going well and we will plan a celebration when our restaurant returns to South Broadway in Englewood.”
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