Real Mexican Food Coming to Martinez
By Gary Kauffman
“Real” Mexican food is coming to Martinez within a few weeks.
El Rey, a combination restaurant, grocery store and butchery, is set to open in the West Town Shopping Center at the corner of Davis and Washington roads as soon as it passes its final inspections. Owner Ramiro Galvan hopes that will be sometime in June.
Galvan, who worked at Mi Rancho for eight years, has been in Augusta for 14 years and considers it home, but found that it is hard to find authentic Mexican food in Augusta.
“I figured we’d do something we love,” he said of his reason behind opening El Rey. “Our food will be more like Mama’s cooking, more homemade.”
The inspiration also came in part from soldiers coming from the west.
“We’d get soldiers from Fort Gordon asking for ‘real’ Mexican food,” Galvan said.
He plans to use his mother’s recipes from the Jalisco region of western Mexico. The menu includes soups, burritos, fajitas, tortas and tacos, seafood and chicken dishes and a variety of meat options. One feature is a build-your-own burrito that Galvan said will be large and filling.
Most of the kitchen staff will be family, but he will also be hiring other staff. The restaurant can seat 72, plus has a private room to seat 30.
Galvan will also do the butchering, a trade he learned from his father in Mexico. The meat – beef, pork goat, lamb and chicken – will be available for sale and for use in the restaurant.
The grocery part of the business will sell items that originate in Mexico, such as cereals, drinks and candies, as well as produce.
The restaurant, store and butchery will all be open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. every day except Sunday, when the restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Take-out orders are available.
Because El Rey incorporates three different types of business, Galvan had to have three different inspections. He expects the final inspection soon and once cleared to open, will set a specific opening date.