|El Burro Loco rides into a new era posted on 07/30/2020|
Marc Accuardi, one of the new owners of El Burro Loco,
described himself as an “Italian chef that fell in love with Oaxaca food,”
thanks to his experience in Mexico.
“I always thought Mexican food was pretty simple,” Accuardi
said. “Boy was I wrong. The complexity of the region is unbelievable.”
Accuardi and his business partner, Darren Wiese, who also
own the Whistle Stop Bar & Grill, plan on freshening up the menu at the
Burro with some better products and doing things on more of a daily basis.
“We’re not stocking the refrigerator full of things,”
Accuardi said. “We use what we made today. That’s shown a huge improvement.”
Accuardi noted they’ve already upgraded the rice to a higher
quality (and vegetarian), while also improving the black and pinto beans,
adding a chicken mole tamale, new salsas and more.
“It’s like what we did at the Whistle Stop,” Wiese said,
adding that they plan on bar upgrades, including expanded tequila and new
cocktails. “We just elevated a little bit, freshened things up.”
The pair, who took over on May 1, also plan on adding good
bar food, such as a variety of queso, while also striving for consistency in
their food and drinks. And while they have already done some work in the
kitchen and dining room, the long-term plans include moving the cantina to the
south side of the building and perhaps having an outdoor kitchen offering
grilled items and street tacos.
For the meantime, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the
restaurateurs have focused on the recipes that travel best for takeout options.
Shrimp is out, for now. The restaurant is currently open with counter service
(customers order at the counter), but with half the seats the establishment has
had in the past.
“Fortunately, the weather’s been good,” Accuardi said,
noting they will not have table side service until the county enters Phase 2 of
the recovery. “The outside seating is proving to be of help.”
Wiese added that they are also operating with utmost concern
for the safety of the customers and employees, “trying to create a great
experience while minimizing contact.”
The pair noted that running two restaurants on the Mountain
offers an opportunity for their employees to work at both. They also want their
employees to use their backgrounds and add to the Burro’s offerings, such as an
infusion of flavors from El Salvador.
El Burro Loco is located at 67211 E. Hwy. 26 in Welches and
hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more information, call
503-622-6780 or visit www.elburro-loco.com.
By Garth Guibord/MT