For years, a sign just off Canyon Road in Puyallup advertised the future home of El Toro, a chain of Mexican restaurants operating in the South Sound since 1979. Years passed, there was no activity, no construction at the site. Just that weathered sign. Ruben Arias Jr. whose father Ruben Arias Sr. founded the chain, said he received so many emails and calls, he could not respond to a fraction of them. The emailers and callers kept asking the same thing – are you ever going to open?
The answer is yes. El Toro is opening. The 160-seat restaurant should be fully running in the next few days. Read more »
After losing its 18-year home several months ago to a building remodel, Moctezuma’s is set to open its new Gig Harbor Mexican restaurant later this spring. Operations manager Bernie Garcia, son of founder Arturo Garcia, who opened the first Moctezuma’s on South Tacoma Way in 1978, said progress on the Gig Harbor location has been slowed by permitting issues. Moctezuma’s new location will be just across the street from its previous location next to Safeway. Read more »