After more than 40 years of serving up giant burritos and bowls of menudo in Atwater Village, Mi Lupita Mexican Restaurant is preparing to open in a former Western apparel and boot shop in the east end of Eagle Rock. Jaime Guzman, who owns the restaurant in partnership with his sister Marcy, said the landlord of their former location at Chevy Chase Drive and Brunswick Avenue decided not to renew their lease, forcing them to close in October and look for a new location. One of their customers mentioned that he had a vacant building – which formerly housed SW Hill Country – at the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Mt. Helena Avenue – that could work for them. “And here we are,” Guzman said.
Guzman said it will be until April before the new 48-seat Mi Lupita is scheduled to open in the 1,500-square-foot space. Guzman said he plans to add seafood to the menu. But Guzman said that Mi Lupita’s customers should expect the same classic Mexican-American favorites prepared by the same cook, a woman named Socorro, who has worked at the restaurant for 27 years. “We have our customer base,” said Guzman, who keeps in touch with customers via Twitter. “They will to follow us.”