El Pueblito Mexican Grill slated to open on LaFayette Square soon

El Pueblito Mexican Grill slated to open on LaFayette Square soon

January 23rd, 2014 by Katie Ward in Local Regional News

One-Eleven restaurant's now vacant building on the LaFayette square will soon be revived by El Pueblito Mexican Grill.

"We will try to open up by the end of January," said Manuel Naranjo, who co-owns the restaurant with his brother-in-law Hector Carranza. "We plan to be open by the first week of February."

Naranjo said it is exciting that his family is opening their sixth restaurant in LaFayette.

"It's good to be able to expand," said Carranza's son Hugo, who helps at the restaurants. "I could not be more happy for my parents that they are opening another restaurant in LaFayette. If you take care of your customers, then they come back. We have good food and good service overall."

El Pueblito Mexican Grills are also located in Calhoun, Summerville, Chatsworth, Eton and Adairsville. The business began in Calhoun 25 years ago.

"My personal menu favorite would have to be the fajita," Hugo Carranza said. "It has chicken, steak or shrimp or all three together. You get a side of rice, beans, guacamole, lettuce, tomato and pico de gallo."

Frequently ordered menu items include the Nachos Chihuahua, comprised of bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, melted cheese and grilled chicken or steak and shrimp, and the Marcianas, a bed of rice with chicken, grilled onions and cheese on top.

Hector Carranza's daughter Maritza said the prices are reasonable and the portions are large.

"For right now we will just use the main level for the restaurant," Maritza Carranza said. "Later on we will rent out the top level for parties. The tables and chairs will stay. We will use the bar area to serve beer and wine."