SOUTHINGTON – When people walk into La Catrina restaurant, they encounter some creative decorations, including a backdrop with a pay phone and a sign that says “I didn’t call you, tequila did”.
The space is also complemented by orange and yellow walls, lots of green plants, items that reflect Mexican culture, a large bar in the center, and light wood floors and tables.
La Catrina, located at 1169 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, is the city’s newest restaurant. Although they had a smooth opening over the past week, the restaurant’s grand opening will be on Tuesday. On the same day, the Southington Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony and networking event at 5:30 pm Reservations are required for the chamber’s event.
The restaurant is owned by Jessica Macary, her husband Tommy Macary and her parents Oscar and Maria Trujillo.
The family worked for months to renovate the space and even the dining tables were made by the owners.
La Catrina serves Mexican food and drinks, including margaritas. Jessica Macary proudly said they had a “special” margarita recipe.
Macary said she also wanted to bring a “piece of home” to the restaurant. So she brought hand-made clay cups that they use to serve cantaritos, a popular Mexican drink.
Macary said her parents would be in charge of the cooking, preparing recipes passed down from their parents and grandparents.
For Macary, adding a contemporary touch to certain dishes was important, she said. This is why they will use traditional Mexican food in unusual ways. For example, they offer a dish where avocado is combined with pico de gallo and served over pork cracklings.
She explained that all the food is made from scratch, even the chorizo.
The opening of the restaurant was a common interest for the family. The Trujillos said the family came from Mexico to the United States in 1998 in search of the American Dream, something they believe they have now accomplished with the new business and the success of their children.
“We’ve always wanted to do this,” Macary said.
She remembered that when she was a little girl and still living in Mexico, she would go to work with her grandmother, who had a small business. She used to watch her grandmother selling merchandise and interacting with customers.
“It really came into my blood to want the same thing, to have something of my own someday,” she said.
She said her father also grew up in a family business with her father.
Tommy Macary is serving in the military and is currently deployed to Africa.
Via video call, he said he had “the best of both worlds” being able to own a business and deliver great food.
“Who doesn’t like good food and good company? ” he said. “And when you get to put these things together and share them with everyone who walks through these doors, it’s amazing,” he said.
He said he was eager to partner with other businesses in the city to organize fundraising events.
The restaurant’s winter hours are Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
La Catrina can be found on Facebook as lacatrina_1169 and on Instagram as @ lacatrina1169.
The restaurant is also accessible at 860-426-3939 or at www.lacatrina.info.
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