POINT PLEASANT — For weeks now, people have been talking about the old Pancho’s building in terms of what was going in and what was going on with the new color.
What’s going on is Limones, a restaurant that will offer Mexican cuisine. Limones is also Spanish for “limes,” which goes with the new splash of color on the building.
Limes, of course, are a colorful part of Mexican cuisine, something owners Samuel Torres and Jorges Martinez, of Mexico City, know something about. The men also operate Los Mariachis, a Mexican restaurant in Huntington.
The pair began doing work on the building in the fall and estimate they are around a month and a half away from a grand opening. As reported, the building was purchased by a company owned by businessman and former State Sen. Oshel Craigo. Torres said he and Martinez are renting the building.
Torres said the building, which is at the corner of Third Street at the foot of the Bartow Jones Bridge, was “a nice and good location” in terms of why he and his business partner were drawn to the area. In addition, Torres said so far people in the community have been “really nice” and welcoming.
Right now, extensive work is being done on the inside of the building, including painting and heavy-duty cleaning in the kitchen. Torres said he runs a clean operation and would welcome anyone who wants to look at his kitchen, when finished, to do so. The businessmen also plan to put new custom tables in the restaurant to create an authentic Mexican dining experience. Torres also hopes to have mariachis — at least on the opening day of the restaurant, which is estimated to employ around eight to 10 people.
He added Limones will have “good” Mexican food at “good” prices. He also said he puts a new spin on traditional foods to customize them to his place. Torres and Martinez also plan to apply for a liquor license.
“If you have good service and good food, people will come in,” Torres said.
Torres also said he and Martinez want to be a part of the community and give donations to local organizations and schools to support the area.
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