Mexican food market, restaurant under construction in Apple Valley

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The entrepreneur behind the popular Andale Taqueria and Mercado in Richfield is bringing a new Mexican food market and restaurant to the Twin Cities.

Construction recently began on Bodega 42 Fresh Market and Homeshuk Mexican Kitchen and Bar at the northeast corner of Galaxie Avenue and West 152nd Street in Apple Valley.

The approximately 9,300 square foot market will include a butcher and deli and an attached 3,800 square foot warehouse will be used for the preparation and storage of fresh tortillas and other produce, according to planning documents.

The full-service restaurant and bar will focus on authentic, made-from-scratch Hispanic dishes and craft cocktails.

Fernando Mellado-Barboza, Saul Mellado-Barbosa and Ezequiel Quijada are behind the development.

“Fernando is an accomplished entrepreneur. He is co-owner and operator of Andale Taqueria and Mercado in Richfield and has been in business since 2011,” writes the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce. “Saul is a veteran and chef who owns and operates Orale Mexican Eats and Bar in South Minneapolis. Ezequiel is also a veteran and a successful certified CPA.”

The new development will employ up to 65 people and is expected to open in July 2023, reports Apple Valley Sun Thisweek.

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