Soon the second Owensboro Ernesto

Want to know what happens if I type the words “Mexican food” or “Mexican bar and grill” or just “taco”? You guessed it. I immediately start craving it.

So if I can get through this without pausing and run to Ernesto’s Mexican Bar and Grill for a quick burrito fix, I’ll consider that a success. Of course, eating a burrito is also a success.

But yes, Ernesto’s.


I will never forget coming home a few summers ago – when I lived behind Wesleyan Park Plaza – and saw what looked like smoke billowing from the roof of the restaurant.

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Dave Spencer/Townsquare Media

While Ernesto had to be closed for a while for repairs and renovations, Ernesto and Oscar Martinez were able to reopen fairly quickly and it has flourished ever since. I’m not sure there are too many towns in Kentucky that love Mexican food as much as Owensboro.


Then Owensboroans will be happy to know that Ernesto’s will soon be adding a SECOND location. Oscar broke the news on social media on Tuesday:

To all our customers and friends,

Ernesto, Said and I would like to thank everyone for your support. We are thrilled to announce that we will be expanding Ernesto Mexican Bar & Grill. Soon we will have a second location at 2065 E Parrish Ave Suite 100 here in Owensboro, KY 42303. We will announce more about the grand opening soon.

Thank you Owensboro for all your support and keep supporting local businesses!

Naturally, no business owner ever wants to deal with a fire, but the 2020 fire happened fairly soon after Ernesto opened. And THAT opening had been delayed by COVID.

But the sun has been shining brightly on the Martinez family lately. And soon, the sun will SET on Ernesto’s as it opens a second location on the west side of Owensboro.

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