by Tina Johansson
A new east side Waukegan eatery is sprucing up the neighborhood.
Taqueria Mexico, located inside a former temp job services agency was “in need of a lot of fixing up,” according to a diner.
The several thousand square-foot space has indeed been shined up. A complete overhaul of the place included razing walls. New walls were lined with premium ceramic horizontal rectangles in pristine white and gray.
A floor in warm sand tiles and light colored paints inside and around decorative sombreros add a sense of vacation. There are several TVs hanging on the walls next to paintings of life in Mexico.
Owned by Roberto Fonseca and his daughter Isabel, there were a steady stream of customers on their first day in business. The owners reside respectively in Gurnee and Waukegan.
The Fonseca’s are not new to the business. According to a city spokeswoman the family owns five other restaurants in Waukegan.
There was a city sponsored ribbon cutting Tuesday, but because of a sudden change in plans, not everyone was able to attend.
The place is open for breakfast starting at 9 a.m., as well as lunch and dinner.
Dishes include huevos, tacos, gorditos, which by the way are quite different than their fast food counterpart; burritos, sopas including tripe, salads and dessets.
The dining area is spacious. There are 26 tables and 8 booths, with room to install more.
Elias Vieyra and William Basurto, College of Lake County students and members of the Latin Alliance organization at the school, stopped by to check the new place out. “We try to support our local businesses,” said Vieyra.
“This place looks great. It’s really different from what was here before,” said Basurto who lives just around the corner.
Taqueria Mexico is at 1926 Grand Avenue. Call 224.656.6524.