News Business Sports Entertainment Life Obituaries Opinion
Jobs Homes Cars Classifieds Shopping

Search PB Blogs



7 posts categorized "Mexican fast food restaurants closing"

March 09, 2016

Customers celebrate return of Indian cuisine downtown

The return of Indian cuisine to downtown Rochester has some fans celebrating.

"Some customers were so happy to see Indian food again that they were just dancing around in circles," said Anuradha Dhumne of the opening of Blue Diamond Indian Cuisine in the First Avenue Food Court in Rochester's downtown skyway.

Anuradha and her husband, Anil Dhumne, launched Blue Diamond on Monday in a food-court spot last occupied by Azteca Mexican restaurant. 

08032016bluediamond"We serve authentic Indian food, sometimes with a twist," said Anuradha Dhumne.

In addition to traditional Indian meat entrees, they have a wide variety of vegetarian dishes for people looking for that option. The menu includes favorites of Indian cuisine such as tandoori chicken, curries, kabobs, samosas and fresh naan bread.

Blue Diamond has three on staff, including Anuradha Dhumne.

"There's a lot of interest. There's a gap here that we are filling," said Anil Dhumne. "People are finding our food is a festival of taste and flavor on your tongue."

Blue Diamond is settling in this week. The Dhumnes plan to ramp things up soon by offering a morning breakfast next week, an afternoon "snack" of tea and samosas and catering services.

They have been looking for a spot to open for about a year. Some people might remember the Blue Diamond booth at area farmer's markets and festivals.

"This has long been her dream," Anil said. "Location is key. I think we got a good spot." 

January 12, 2016

Colorful downtown Mexican restaurant goes dark

It looks like El Loro has flown from Rochester as the Mexican eatery on Fourth Street Southeast has been dark for days. 

El-loro-logoEl Loro, which translates to The Parrot, opened in the old Chicago Great Western train depot at 20 Fourth St. SE in 2012. It is owned by Marcos Gomez, who owns a number of other Mexican restaurants in Minnesota with his brother.

The restaurant now sits closed and has been that way for days. Details of the closure are unknown, as Gomez has been unavailable for comment at his other restaurants.

The El Loro website lists restaurants in Bloomington, Burnsville, Savage and Hutchinson. Rochester recently has been removed from the list.

El Loro's abrupt closure comes on the heels of the building's recent sale.

The 115-year-old depot building was purchased for $800,00 in November by a collection of local and out-of-state investors under the name of The Med City Restaurant Group.

Realtor Nick Pompeian of Realty Growth Inc., who handled the deal, said the new owners had no plans to change anything and hope to keep a restaurant operating in the building.

"They just saw this as a good opportunity to own a piece of downtown," he said at the end of December.

So whatever happens next, it seems likely that a restaurant eventually will fill t 01112016depotplaquehe depot again. However, it's unclear how soon something like that could happen.

Before  El Loro, it housed another Mexican restaurant. In 2001, Jorge Ocegueda opened Dos Amigos in the depot. In 2011, he revamped the eatery and renamed it as Paseo del Rio. Paseo del Rio had a short run and soon was replaced by El Loro in 2012.

The depot originally was built in 1899 by Winona & Southwestern Railroad at the intersection of First Avenue and Second Street Southeast. Two years later, the line was sold to Chicago Great Western, which moved the building north across the river in 1903 by cutting it in two, placing each half on a flat rail car, and reassembling it at 19 Second St. SE.

In 1949, the structure was remodeled to also serve as a terminal for the Jefferson Bus Lines. The last passenger train left the depot in 1950, but Jefferson remained until 1987.

It then was sold to the city and slated for demolition until a "Save the Depot" citizens group temporarily moved it near the power plant at 533 First Ave. N.E. It was moved across the street a year later to allow Marigold Foods, now Kemps, to expand.

In 1997, Bruce Kreofsky & Sons acquired it at no cost from the City of Rochester. Kreofsky renovated it and moved it to the current location. Rochester Depot LLCof Plainview, which is connected to Kreofsky, acquired it at no cost in September 2010.


May 14, 2010

Mexican eatery switch-up

There's an interesting morsel from Kimberly Van Brunt's Quick Bites column in today's paper. Barlow4

 El Gallo was a Mexican eatery tucked away in the back corner of Rochester's Barlow Plaza by the Fish & Pets store.

El Gallo opened in that space when Baja de Sol closed in 2006 or so. I believe El Gallo has been under a couple owners.

Here's what Kimberly has on that spot:

Round and round she goes…
Been meaning to check out El Gallo, the hidden gem I wrote about a few weeks back? You’re already too late; it closed recently. It will soon reopen as La Mojarra, a Mexican seafood restaurant under new owner Oscar Reyes. I’ll have more about this one soon.

October 28, 2009

Hormel's new deal south of the border

Here's a deal that Austin-based Hormel Foods kicked out a release about Monday evening. Unfortunately, a bad bug of some kind knocked me out of commission Tuesday, so this is the first time I have been conscious enough to post this.

Images Anyway, Hormel has struck a deal with Herdez Del Fuerte, a Mexico City-based food company, to form a joint venture to market food to U.S. customers. The resulting company is called MegaMex Foods, LLC and it is based in Chino, Calif.

I've posted on this deal before. The reason Hormel is touting this now is that the deal, which was first announced publically in June, has now officially closed.

Here's some from the release on this deal:

Hormel Foods and Herdez Del Fuerte announced the closing of a 50/50 joint venture agreement to create MegaMex Foods, LLC, which will market Mexican foods in the United States.

Spamwbacon The venture significantly expands the existing agreement between the two
companies and produces a portfolio with initial revenue of about $200 million.
MegaMex Foods has a comprehensive portfolio that includes brands such as
resonate with Mexican-American and mainstream consumers of Mexican foods.

MegaMex Foods is a free-standing entity with an independent management team
based in Chino, Calif. MegaMex Foods will optimize efficiencies by leveraging
core competencies of the parent companies, such as manufacturing, research and
development and the supply chain.

March 24, 2009

Exotic World of Fish = belly up?

032409exoticworldoffishjk It looks like Salt Water Fish might have hooked some business news in Rochester's Barlow Plaza in the northwest quadrant.

The store looks pretty closed. The question is if the store might be moving to a new location. 

I'll be doing some checking and hopefully net a definitive answer soon.
And it looks like change is underway for the nearby El Gallo Taqueria Mexican. The door was locked and this banner flapped over the business. 

This is give a chance to use my Mexican Restaurant Closing category once again.

I should have more on both of these businesses soon.

October 17, 2008

Ringing the (Taco) Bell

I stopped to check out the demolition of the Taco Bell on Rochester's North Broadway this a.m.
I think the season change has now eliminated all chances that I can get a photo on the way into work. It just isn't light enough anymore.
Anyway, the machine is slowly chewing up the home of the chalupa. Tiles are gone off the roof and the drive-through menu board is gone.

The demo is underway. If they hope to get construction on the new and improved Bell enclosed before the snow flies, they might want to start chewing faster.

October 15, 2008

Taco John's on U.S. 52 closing today, moving

Another Mexican fast food place - like Taco Bell on Broadway and Rico Mex - is closing its doors in Rochester today.

In fact, I've now created a new category n the blog - Mexican fast food restaurants closing.

And the latest is Taco John's/ Great Steak Escape spot on 4125 U.S. 52 North by the corpse of the long-dead Burger King and across from Dairy Queen.
However, the closing is not permanent.

The plan, according to Taco John's Area Director Vincent Barry, is to move to a new location.

"It is a positive move for us," he said this a.m.

The where is not yet locked down, but Barry says three or four spots are in the running and it looks like it will probably be in the south part of the Med City.

Look for the re-opening in early 2009.

And if you have a hankering for Potato Olés, the Seventh St./ 11th Avenue N.W. corner Taco John's/Steak Escape will still be cooking them up.

but if you want to get them at the U.S. 52 frontage spot, you better get over there for lunch today. Sometime after that the doors will close and not open again.