Gonzales also likes the options the 8,000-square-foot building offers. He plans to use the drive-thru and serve food in the large dining room. He has applied for a liquor license, but doesn’t believe it will be approved before the grand opening next month.
He’s unsure how to use the lower level of the restaurant.
“It has so many possibilities that we really like,” he said. “We will take it one step at a time.”
The taco shop serves what Gonzales called “faster service Mexican food using only fresh ingredients.”
Lewis said he’s excited because Hector’s Taco Shop is the first Mexican restaurant in downtown and adds to the diversity of the food options.
“This is a homerun for downtown,” Lewis said. “Everybody loves tacos.”
A native of California, Gonzalez opened Mexican restaurants in Arizona before moving his family — wife Nora and two daughters, Linda and Noraly — to Ohio.
His family works in the restaurant.
“I feel stronger with my kids,” he said.
Besides traditional Mexican fare like tacos, burritos, enchiladas, tostadas and fajitas, Gonzalez said he will serve Mexican pizza.
There’s a good reason this taco restaurant may sound familiar. In February, Victor’s Taco Shop opened in the IGA Express shopping plaza off Ohio 63 in Monroe. Gonzales said he helped establish that location and he’s part-owner.
Victor’s is managed by Luis Gaytan. Monroe is the franchise’s eighth Ohio location and first in Butler County.
HOW TO GO
NAME: Hector’s Taco Shop
PLANNED OPENING: Mid-September
ADDRESS: 1126 Central Ave., Middletown
PHONE: No service yet
HOURS: Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. to midnight; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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