Improvements take place at Mexican restaurant

One of the community’s hottest spots for lunch these days is tucked away on West Moring Street. If you don’t know where to look, you might miss it.

La Rosita Mexican Restaurant opened in June 2021 as a family business with then 21-year-old Julian Cruz at the helm. The Cruzes got their entrepreneurial start in the landscaping industry, then transitioned into opening a retail store to serve the needs of the Hispanic community here. The pandemic presented an opportunity for the family to renovate the back part of the store into a restaurant, and they spent the next several months renovating the space into one with a colorful, fitting atmosphere.

By the end of summer, business had gone over so well for La Rosita that they were able to visually improve the frontage of what restaurant patrons see when they come for a meal. The Cruzes replaced what was once a bland brick wall with a beautiful, large window that allowed for a more open feel with airy lighting.

Yet, the best was still to come.

The family evaluated the restaurant’s needs and budget to see what, if any, new renovations should take place and by mid-March, La Rosita was closed for a week to allow for these improvements to happen.

These upgrades included, most notably when customers visit now, new custom, festive tables and chairs. Imported from Mexico, these seating arrangements are colorful and depict various scenes relative to Hispanic heritage.

Further, there is a new artwork on the wall on the north end of the restaurant. This, too, like the chairs and tables, is a visual that references Hispanic living.

New flooring went down during the closure as well.

Cruz notes the break in business was originally meant to span only March 14 to March 20, but construction ran into a few hold-ups, thus the closure was extended for another week. When La Rosita finally reopened on March 27, owners and workers could tell their restaurant was sorely missed as customers packed the house beginning at 11 a.m.

Today, they’re back in business as usual. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

More improvements could be coming down the pipe. Cruz hopes to add a bar in the near future.

Photo is credited to Mike Braswell.

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