Restaurateur Casper eyes former Grab and Go Gourmet location for Mexican restaurant

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The former location of Grab and Go Gourmet will house the Antojitos Shiwas restaurant and mini-market. The West Collins building was originally built as a radio station. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo.– The owner of Antojitos Shiwas has decided to put the brakes on his food truck and permanently park the new Mexican restaurant at the former Grab and Go Gourmet location in downtown Casper.

“This place has opened up and sometimes you just have to jump in [a good opportunity]said Antojitos Shiwas owner Marisela Moreno.

El Burro Loco owner Marisela Moreno helps take an order at her food truck, Antojitos Shiwas, in North Casper in June 2022. The restaurant will move from its food truck to a permanent location in the old Grab building and Go Gourmet in September. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

The location at 611 W. Collins Ave. was completely renovated with a modern and trendy design in 2020 for the Grab and Go Gourmet, which closed in November 2021. The location is next door to Wind City Treats, which shares part of the same building but occupies its own space West.

Moreno, who also owns El Burro Loco in East Yellowstone and the La Tiendita Mexicana store in North Casper, launched the food truck in June. Soon after, she found the old Grab and Go space and found it hard to resist.

“It’s a great place, right next to the NCHS and opposite the [Thyra Thomson State Office Building],” she said. “There aren’t really any Mexican restaurants in this area and we just wanted to take advantage of that.”

The new business will be called Antojitos Shiwas Restaurant & Mini Market, she said, which will include a renovated space in the same building to the south for the market.

The culinary philosophy will remain the same, which differs markedly from El Burro Loco and is inspired by the state of Chihuahua, in northern Mexico, where the restaurant’s chef, Patricia Santos, is from. Moreno says the extra space will allow them to expand the menu and offer more traditional desserts.

Chef Patricia Santos and Jhony Aguilar Jiménez prepare an order at the Antojitos Shiwas food truck on a Tuesday in June. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

Items will also be created to cater to likely morning and afternoon foot traffic from NCHS students. They intend to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and will apply for a liquor license, she said.

They plan to open by mid-September, she said, and have put the food truck up for sale.

“The restaurant is great; it is beautifully remodeled,” she said. The kitchen and equipment were all newly purchased and installed in 2020. “Everything is already there; it’s pretty much just ready for us to move in.

The interior of the former Grab and Go Gourmet, which was renovated in 2020, will remain the same. A space to the east of the building is currently being converted into a market. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

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