November 30, 2007
Tex-Mex Food Returns Downtown

Downtown Sacramento's Texas Mexican Restaurant, closed for more than a year in the fallout from the city's staggering efforts to redevelop the lower stretch of the K Street Mall, is back in business at its original site and will celebrate its revival with a grand-opening party from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3.

In late summer of 2006, owner Griselda Barajas closed the business after the city's redevelopment agency pressured her to leave or face legal action as officials were on the verge of revitalizing the area, plans that have since stalled.

Now, however, Barajas has arranged with the building's owner, Moe Mohanna, a month-to-month lease that allows her to return to the quarters the restaurant occupied for 14 years before it closed, says her husband, Mike Keolanni. The restaurant quietly reopened about two weeks ago, and the crew now feels ready to handle a larger influx of customers, thus Monday's kickoff.

The restaurant has been expanded and remodeled slightly, says Keolanni. The original menu is back in place, and after the first of the year the family hopes to add dinner as well as several new Tex-Mex plates, including buffalo fajitas, roasted quail and seafood soups.

Barajas also operates Griselda's Catering & Event Planning at the cafe Tex Mex in the Capitol, which she will continue to run.

Texas Mexican Restaurant, 1114 8th St., is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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