Sprouts & Shutters: Mexican Restaurant Opens Tonight On Lewelling

Owner Raudel Lopez plans an afternoon and evening of festivities Friday to celebrate El Portal, a restaurant serving traditional Mexican fare.


A new Mexican restaurant opens at 4 pm today at 2028 Lewelling Boulevard in the shopping center anchored by Food Net.

El Portal will serve traditional Mexican fare. It will be open from 9 am to 9:30 pm seven days a week. Typical meals will cost $11 for a full platter including rice, beans, carne and guacamole.

Sundays will be special according to owner Raudel Lopez who has long operated a catering business.

On Sundays from 9 am to 3 pm, El Portal will serve a $12.99, all-you-can-eat buffet featuring chorizos, nopales, menudo, a variety of carne dishes, eggs and other fare.

To christen the store a priest from St. Joachims Catholic Church will say mass at 3 pm.

At 4 pm the doors will be thrown open to the public.

From 6 pm to 7:30 pm traditional Mexican dancers will perform.

El Portal will eventually serve beer and wine.

But Lopez said the California ABC Division in Oakland cancelled his application over a technicality and then lost his file.

Now he will have to restart the application process from scratch.

So for the next month or so be prepared to slake your thirst with soft drinks.

Know of any other restaurants or shops that are opening? Leave a comment below.

Shawn Leimbach February 02, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Anyone eat here yet? Let us know how the food, service, experience is/was.
Celina February 02, 2013 at 02:40 AM
We have long waited for a restaurant that served a buffet style lunch/brunch that is authentically Mexican. Cannot wait to try El Portal's. Felicidades!


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