Rowland: Mexican chain opens in Sonora

September 21, 2010 

La Hacienda Restaurant has opened its first Sonora location.

The long-running local Mexican restaurant chain had shrunk from six to two sites over the past few years. But it opened a third location over Labor Day weekend because, manager Sergio Acedo said, demand from customers was so great in the area.

"We thought that Tuolumne County needed some real Mexican food," said Acedo, whose mother, Guadalupe Velarde, founded and owns the restaurants. "We have a huge clientele from Sonora that would drive to our Angels Camp restaurant to eat there."

The new restaurant is at 13759 Mono Way in the Junction Shopping Center. La Hacienda also has an outlet in Copperopolis. Its Angel Camp restaurant has been open for almost 20 years.

House specialties range from chili verde to steak ranchero, fajitas to burritos and vegetarian dishes. Senior discounts and a children's menu are available.

The recipes are all described as secret family recipes Velarde learned from her mother in Mazatlan on the Gold Coast of Mexico.

"It just tastes homemade, it's authentic. The food just tastes totally different," Acedo said.

A official ribbon- cutting ceremony is set for 11 a.m. today at the restaurant.

The space, which is about half the size of its Angels Camp headquarters, seats about 45 inside and a little less than 20 on an outside patio.

Lunch and dinner are served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; the restaurants are closed Sunday.

For more information, call 532-1014.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

The Clarion Hotel Modesto has opened a bar and grill on its site.

Shooters Pub & Grill opened at the beginning of the month inside the Clarion at 1612 Sisk Road. Formerly known as the Sunset Lounge, it has been transformed into a restaurant and sports bar.

The spot features 20 flat-screen TVs along with a 73-inch projection TV. Lunch and dinner are served and drink and appetizer specials are offered throughout the week.

The pub features a pool table and dance floor. Live jazz music is featured Wednesday nights and DJs play music other nights.

The hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. The kitchen closes at 9:30 each night.

For more information, call 521-1612. ...

And finally, two closures to report:

Turlock's Cena To Go, a make-your -own dinner service, has closed. Its space at 2014 W. Monte Vista Ave. is vacant and for lease.

Also, the Modesto Dollar Superstore on Coffee Road at Orangeburg Avenue has closed. The grocery and household goods store sold everything for less than $1.99. It opened in May 2009 but its space at 1421 Coffee Road is now empty.

Have an item for Business Beat? Contact Marijke Rowland at The Modesto Bee, P.O. Box 5256, Modesto 95352; 578-2284 or

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