The Mexico City Cafe is a popular spot for authentic Mexican food in La Junta.
The restaurant has flourished in its current location for 21 years.
“My wife, Mona, started this business, but it comes from her grandparents who created the original Mexico City in 1950,” said co-owner Robert Chaparro. “The old location is now El Azteca.”
The unusual part of the restaurant is that it is in the middle of a residential area instead of downtown or along the highway. But the company is still very busy.
“COVID has slowed us down a bit, but we’re still holding on,” Chaparro said.
With the pandemic, the restaurant was closed for dinner, but it still had a way to keep it going.
“All we’ve done is curb delivery and pickup,” Chaparro said. “No one could get in like any other place. We’ve probably gone 50-60% down, but we’re still doing it.”
After the pandemic, Mexico City is back to dining and is at full capacity.
“We’re at full capacity, and we have the patio outside,” Chaparro said.
Chaparro said the secret to Mexico City’s success lies in the food and drink.
“This should be Mona’s kitchen,” Chaparro said. “Because she’s a third generation and now my daughter Lisa will take over on October 1, 2021, which will be the fourth generation. Her kids work here too. Ultimately it’s cooking and after that comes with my staff. I have a great staff. Our margaritas and our Mexican food and our patio. People love to sit on our patio. “
Mexico City is located at 1617 Raton Ave. It is open for lunch Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm and is open for dinner Monday to Saturday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm It is closed on Sunday.
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