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Tacqueria La Grande Holds Official Ribbon Cutting


On Tuesday another new business in New Britain held a ribbon cutting. This time it was Tacqueria La Grande, at 985 West Main St. offering authentic Mexican cuisine.

Antonia Trejo has been in the restaurant business for many years and decided to own and operate her own family business. The business has been open for approximately two months and already has had a steady stream of customers with many becoming regulars.

“We looked at places and saw this place was available and liked it,” said Trejo.

The spot previously was the Pit Stop Barbecue.

“It is a perfect fit for them as it is a start up business. They are brand new. It is less of a risk rather than going too big,” said Bill Carroll, economic development coordinator. “Everything was already here. They just added their own flavor.”

Antonia, her husband and two sons work at the cozy restaurant.

It originally opened on Cinco de Mayo and so far they say business is very good.

“We have a lot of new people,” said Trejo. “We also have repeat customers”

Tacos and burritos have been a big draw as well as weekly specials. This week was lengue. Last week was fish tacos.

“I think Mexican food is a nice addition to the food fare in the community. These are really nice people from Hartford,” said Tim Stewart, executive director of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce. “They are doing a great job and already surpassed the business level of other businesses that have been here in the past.”

Stewart said the family had a following, but there is a large Mexican community in New Britain.

“It is awesome. The taquitos are delicious,” said Mayor Erin Stewart. “This is exactly what we have been working for. New Britain is a great environment where business can thrive and grow. It is different types of businesses coming here. There are businesses opening that we have not seen before.”

The Mayor said the City has a lot of dollar and convenience and residents are looking fir something new.

“We are getting many different options. New Britain is becoming a place where there are so many places to eat, people don’t know where to go,” said Mayor Stewart. “We are creating an environment that you do not have to go to the Berlin Turnpike any more to find somewhere to eat. We have plenty of options here.”

Mayor Stewart this family worked at many places and are combining their talents for the new restaurant.

“We really wish them well. They are a great story,” Stewart added. “Everyone needs to come buy all the tacos.”

Their homemade menu includes tacos, quesadillas, all types of Burrittos including Chicken, Mexican sausage, Grilled Pork Leg and steak, tamales including Chicken green salsa and Pork red salsa, enchilades, Nachos, Toastados, Guacamole and a variety of soft drinks and Mexican favorites.

It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.