Owner of tapas restaurant group Rico Sabor opens new Mexican restaurant in Rochester High Street
A restaurateur who opened a store selling basic foods to customers during lockdown has branched out with a Mexican.
Julian Ramirez launched his latest business Mexicano, just a few doors down from his other business Rico Sabor in Rochester High Street.
Unable to open a restaurant during the pandemic, Julian got up at dawn to pick up potatoes, pasta, eggs, tomatoes and preserves from his wholesalers in London.
Residents lined up on the high street to collect goods from their doorsteps at the height of Covid-19.
Chief Julian said: “People here have remained very loyal to us. We have supported the community and the community supports us.”
Half Spanish, half Colombian, Julian, 38, sells Mexican street food to eat in or take out at the restaurant he once ran as a delicatessen.
And to make sure he had the right flavors, he traveled to the Latin American county several times to see what food worked with diners.
Julian and his wife Marcella opened their first Rico Sabor in Gravesend offering Spanish and Mexican cuisine in 2016. Three years later they opened the Rochester branch and in October last year he launched his third restaurant in Dover.
The father of two young girls started cooking at the age of four after watching his grandmother in her kitchen in Colombia.
His father Vincento worked in the best restaurants in London and it wasn’t long before Julian followed in his footsteps after graduating from hotel school.
He said: “We only opened last Thursday, but we had people who came in and then came back with friends the same day,
“We serve Mexican and Spanish at our Gravesend Rico Sabor restaurant, but we’ve kept the one here Spanish-only.”
At his latest restaurant, Julian prepares the food, which includes tacos, quesadillas, nachos and guacamole every day and has hired a Brazilian cook, Roberto dos Santos, to help him.
Sabariego Aranda from Andalusia, Spain, works in the kitchen where diners can see their food prepared and cooked.
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Mexicano can accommodate up to 20 people indoors and outdoors.