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New owners at El Burro focus on family posted on 02/01/2023

After owning her own business for 20 years, Angélica Negrete and her family know the work it takes to run an independent business.

“I grew up with eight sisters and one brother. Our parents taught us to work very hard and whenever one of the family needs help, we would all work together,” she said.

Carlos and Angélica Negrete recently decided to expand their business endeavors through the purchase of El Burro Loco in Welches with the needs of their family in mind. The Negrete’s took over ownership of the established restaurant at the beginning of January.

The Negrete’s have an adult son, Carlos Ivan, and a daughter, Karla. Carlos Ivan has special needs, and the family had been searching for a business the whole family could work at together. Owning a restaurant has also been a long-term goal for Carlos, who has more than 20 years’ experience working in the restaurant industry.

As the new owner of El Burro Loco, Carlos will be able to put his culinary talents to work continuing to provide the quality food and customer experience the restaurant is known for in the Mount Hood community. Now he’ll be able to use his experience working alongside his wife and two adult children.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have a husband who is so hard working and talented,” Angélica said. “It’s been 29 years of wonderful cooking in our marriage.”

The Negrete’s plan to keep the menu the same to satisfy existing customers but add new dishes from Carlos’s personal cooking experience.

El Burro Loco will continue operation with its existing staff. “I’m very happy with the staff (at the restaurant),” Angélica said. “We think they’re a really good team.”

With the new ownership, the restaurant will now be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. The Negrete’s are also doing a bit of remodeling to the restaurant including adding new chairs and benches in the dining area.

“We want to make sure everything is comfortable for guests when they dine with us,” Angélica said.

The Negrete’s are excited with their new business venture and to continue to offer an inviting restaurant for the community to enjoy.

“Everyone is welcome, especially children and the senior community,” Angélica said. “Family is very important to us.”

The Negrete’s are planning to host an outdoor BBQ and invite the community to join them to celebrate their new business ownership when the weather improves in the spring.

For now, the family’s focus is working together on the transition of taking on ownership of the business. Even Angelica’s brother Ivan, who owns a cleaning business, Cascade Cleaning, has been helping with deep cleaning and renovating the restaurant for its new chapter.

“My happiness doesn’t fit inside my chest to see my husband so happy to own the restaurant,” Angélica said.

El Burro Loco is located at 67211 Hwy. 26, Welches.  More information, including food and drink menus, is available online at https://www.elburro-loco.com. The restaurant can be contacted by phone at 503-622-6780.

By Ben Simpson/MT




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