Mexico Restaurant on West Market Street has relocated on the same street, and the new restaurant has a more authentic South-of-the-Border spirit.
Partners Salvador Ornelas and Anselmo Arellano took over the former Pizza Inn at 4800 W. Market St. when the pizza restaurant's lease expired. They spent the past year remodeling the interior and exterior, doing much of the work themselves.Last week, they closed the Mexico Restaurant at 4536 W. Market St., a former Western Sizzlin' steak house, and moved several blocks west to the new location.
``We wanted to do better service for the people in a nice atmosphere,' Ornelas says. ``We bought the Pizza Inn and remodeled it to have a more Mexican atmosphere.'
The white stucco exterior features brick arches. In the entrance hall, patrons may look through a plate glass window to see tortillas being made with a machine.
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The dining room is divided into smoking and nonsmoking sections, one on either side of a working fireplace accented with Mexican tiles and a weathered wooden mantle. The dining rooms are decorated in white and tan with a Mexican tile floor.
Cushioned booths are set off by archways and topped with authentic terra cotta roofing tiles, giving them the look of miniature ``haciendas' (traditional Mexican plantation houses).
The walls are decorated with Mexican pictures and sombreros.
A small bar with four stools has been installed in the rear of the back dining room. The bar's stucco exterior is accented with floral and cobalt blue Mexican tiles.
Ornelas and Anselmo also have a Mexico Restaurant at 1007 Battleground Ave. The menu is the same at both locations: tacos, enchiladas, burritos, fajitas.
Hours are the new West Market Street location are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Call 292-6044.
Henry James Smokehouse Restaurant is now offering a little magic with dinner.
Charlotte magician Jeff Case will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. every Saturday at the restaurant, 3021 Randleman Road.
``Jeff further enhances our family fun, race-theme restaurant on a night that is predominantly made up of families already,' owner Carl Wrenn said.
``Jeff offers his magic at each table that is interested at no cost or expectation of gratuity.'
Henry James Smokehouse may be reached at 574-1714.
State Street Merchants will hold the 13th annual Cookbook Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Cookbooks produced by more than 40 nonprofit organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia will be for sale.
The sale will feature new editions of previously exhibited cookbooks as well as 20 cookbooks never previously exhibited, such as the Wilmington Junior League's ``Seaboard to Sideboard,' the St. Pius X Community Cookbook and Asheboro Habitat for Humanity's ``Simple Decent Cooking.'
The event will take place along State Street. Exhibitors will be set up inside and outside State Street shops.
For more information, call 230-0623.
The Greensboro Embassy Suites and the GSO Wine Warehouse will host the ``Triad Cigar Dinner' April 1 at the Embassy Suites, 204 Centreport Drive.
The event will include a Bacardi Rum tasting, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by a five-course dinner with Firestone wines from 8 to 10 p.m. The menu will include Caesar salad, an entree of filet mignon, lamb chop and grilled salmon, and Italian pastries flown in from Milan, Italy. B&B Cognac and cigars by Montague, Pirata and Romana will be sampled after dinner. Live entertainment will be provided by Tom McDonald.
Tickets are $65 per person. For reservations, call Linda Boswell at 668-4535.
The 13th annual ``Festival of Herbs' will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 2 at the Greek Orthodox Church, corner of Westridge Road and Friendly Avenue.
The annual exhibition and sale is sponsored by the North Carolina unit of the Herb Society of America.
``Great Culinary Herbs' will be the focus of this year's event. The educational display will feature herbs such as rosemary and tarragon. Handouts about the growing and use of herbs will be available.
Herbs for sale will include common herbs such as parsley, as well as more unusual herbs like lemon verbena and bay leaf.
This year's sale will feature a selection of ``Heritage Herbs,' plants divided and passed along from the gardens of Herb Society members. Each herb will be labeled with its history.
Professional herb growers and suppliers and members of the North Carolina Herb Society will be on hand to answer questions and assist with selection.
Money raised from the sale is donated to herb-related nonprofit activities and funds a summer intern scholarship at Sandhills Community College.
For information, call 855-6539.
Henry James Smokehouse Restaurant is now offering a little magic with dinner. Charlotte magician Jeff Case will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. every Saturday at the restaurant, 3021 Randleman Road. ``Jeff further enhances our family fun, race-theme restaurant on a night that is predominantly made up of families already,' owner Carl Wrenn said. ``Jeff offers his magic at each table that is interested at no cost or expectation of gratuity.' Henry James Smokehouse may be reached at 574-1714.
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