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'Taco Fiesta' Hangs Signage, Will Open Next Week

Family who owns the new restaurant say they will offer Mexican fare to Sierra Madre residents, finally putting the days of Kentucky Fried Chicken to rest.

On Tuesday, owners of the new "Taco Fiesta" restaurant raised their sign into place, crossing off yet one more task before opening day, which is slated for next week. Only minor parking lot sealing and striping, with its requisite city inspection, stand between Sierra Madre citizens and their first taste of the new restaurant’s fare.

The new restaurant's opening will reign at the site on the west end of the city's business district.

The Larios family, Moises Larios, his sister and brother-in-law, Guadalupe and John Calkins, plan for a “soft” opening next week, to get their restaurant running smoothly. A grand opening is planned for May. 

While workers labored to raise the new sign, drivers even held up traffic at the Lima stop sign, asking when the location would finally open. Larios chuckled, “We have people knocking on our door every day, asking when we’ll open. Everyone’s been very supportive and welcomed us. We love Sierra Madre.”

The Calkins, from Altadena, have been well acquainted with Sierra Madre, as their 7 year old son attended preschool in town.  

The artistic steel sign was custom fabricated by Sierra Madre resident Jamison Wians, whom John Calkins knows through a professional connection in set design for the entertainment industry.

It was Calkins who chose the five color palette for the restaurant. "We've had people stop and tell us how great the colors look," said Calkins.

Outdoor seating is planned for the Lima Street frontage of the restaurant, which offers the best shade and is out of the parking traffic.

Creating Mexican food for hungry diners isn’t new to the Larios family. They operated two other taco shops in Los Angeles prior to their Sierra Madre venture.

In addition to tacos, the menu will include breakfast burritos for the early risers, nachos, fish tacos, tamales, sopes, tortas and flan, plus pisole on Thursday through Sunday, and menudos on weekends.

Work crews have been laboring for months to prepare the new renovat the building  ever since building owner Robert Gavidia .

Taco Fiesta is located at 345 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard in Sierra Madre. (626) 355-3407

D Shelley April 20, 2011 at 02:44 PM
Good luck to the Calkins. The menu sounds great - can't wait to stop by!
Catherine Addé April 20, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Yesterday I watched the sign go up and cannot wait to try this restaurant out! (Kudos to our neighbour, Jamieson on the sign, it looks great.) Hope the food tastes as good as the building looks. We have wonderful Japanese, Thai, Greek, British 'pub grub', Italian, Mexican and American food here in town - so next may I suggest an Indian restaurant or Chinese take-away, please? :-)
Lynda Ott Albright April 20, 2011 at 03:59 PM
OMG, we CANNOT wait! We drive by the restaurant DAILY enroute to Heasley and other SMGSA softball fields and are soooooooooooo excited! I hope they have a frequent eaters card! Ha!
Susannah April 20, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Yeah, Can't wait......Congratulations!
Jennifer Hull April 20, 2011 at 04:43 PM
An awesome addition to Sierra Madre! Can't wait to get in there!!
Lynda Ott Albright April 20, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Wow Norm, way to be a jerk! I'm looking at it from a standpoint of frequenting a place because I'm constantly in the CAR running my THREE CHILDREN to and from their activities!
Catherine Addé April 20, 2011 at 05:06 PM
@Lynda - totally agree. Ignore unkind remarks and lets just enjoy the new restaurant in town!
Joe Ramsey April 20, 2011 at 05:29 PM
I hope they stay open late... at least 10:00! I can't wait!!!
John Stephens April 20, 2011 at 06:24 PM
Indian food sounds great!
Catherine Addé April 20, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Glad you think so too, John, hubby and I are just craving it like mad! (Pasadena has about 7 Indian places I think?)
sierra madre resident n.s. April 20, 2011 at 09:24 PM
Wow, now we have two mexican restaurants in a small town. Given there's only a handful of restaurants and numerous empty ones, that's a big chunk and narrows the choices. Maybe the empty places can be filled with Chinese, Indian, or anything international and interesting and representing the greater world and the people who live in Sierra Madre as well? Best of luck but let's broaden our tastes?
Esther Walters April 20, 2011 at 10:07 PM
We've been waiting for this place to open! Good luck!
D Shelley April 20, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Norm, I really don't think that running in to buy a few fish tacos (I don't eat meat) on the way home from little league makes for unhealthy food choices. You're kind of a twit, aren't you? Sierra Madre Resident, as someone who jumps in the car and frequently (at least 2 or 3 times a week) "rideshares" with my friends to Arcadia, Pasadena, and Monrovia DimSum, Sushi, Indian, Vegan, Chinese, and even Tibetan restaurants, I don't really think "our tastes" need broadening, but rather ethnic restaurants need to have confidence that "Mayberry" can financially support their cuisine. These two Mexican restaurants serve two different sets of diners: one who wants to grab some fast food and maybe take it home or to the park and, another that wants to sit for awhile, with perhaps a beer and margarita, and watch the world go by on Baldwin (usually without children I've noticed). Welcome Taco Fiesta!
Jennifer Hull April 20, 2011 at 10:32 PM
I could not agree more!! (particularly with your first paragraph!)
Catherine Addé April 20, 2011 at 10:44 PM
So well said D Shelly. To sum up with positive thoughts, I'll be brief: 1. YUM YUM 2. and I second your welcome to Sierra Madre, Taco Fiesta!
teresa martinez April 25, 2011 at 04:18 AM
How many kids do you have Norm? How many games and practices do you rush to every week? How often is cooking dinner your responsibility?
Kathleen Wightman April 27, 2011 at 09:33 PM
This will be a great addition to Sierra Madre. To me it sounds like authentic Mexican faire. Can't wait til it opens. In time for Cinco De Mayo!! Best of luck, you'll have our support! John & Kathleen, Sierra Madre residents for 36yrs

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