Lupita’s Authentic Mexican Kitchen to Open at Uni-Mart at State College

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Left to right: Gladys Rivera Buffamonte, Melvin Lopez Rojas and Maria Guadalupe Rojas Orozco pose inside Lupita’s Authentic Mexican Food, located inside Uni-Mart at 3180 W. College Avenue. The restaurant will hold its grand opening on Saturday.

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Family and authenticity are key ingredients at Lupita’s Authentic Mexican Food, a new restaurant located inside Uni-Mart at 3180 W. College Avenue.

María Guadalupe Rojas Orozco grew up in Oaxaca, Mexico and discovered her love for cooking when she started preparing meals for the farmers who worked with her husband. Struggling to find work in her small village, she started selling her food in order to take care of her son.

This experience inspired Rojas to move to the United States with a dream of opening a restaurant, and that dream will come true on Saturday when Lupita’s grand opening.

“This is her first step towards realizing her dream,” manager Gladys Rivera Buffamonte said.

Orozco described his restaurant as being an “authentic fast food restaurant” where his customers are invited to order and sit down, or order and leave.

Food options include gorditas, sopes, tostadas, empanadas and more.

The menu also has options for kids, and orders can be customized if time permits.

“We really want to focus on the kids and making sure they don’t come home hungry,” Buffamonte said.

Orozco’s son, Melvin Lopez Rojas, is thrilled to see his mother’s dream come true this weekend.

“It’s going to be family. I will be here with most of my family, and we are excited to see where things can go,” Rojas said.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place in front of the restaurant on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and children will eat free throughout the day.

“We are all so nervous and excited. We just can’t wait to be open,” Buffamonte said.

This story was originally published June 20, 2019 5:08 p.m.

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