Cilantro’s brings taste of Mexico to downtown Boone
There is a new spice of life in downtown Boone.
The owners of Los Arcoiris Mexican Restaurant have opened a similar establishment to better serve downtown patrons unable to make the cross-town drive during the lunch rush.
Located on Howard Street in the former Paolucci’s space, Cilantro’s Mexican Grill & Cantina will offer an almost identical menu to its Blowing Rock Road counterpart, co-owner Alfredo Alvarez said.
The taqueria’s full menu of tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, chimichangas and other Mexican favorites awaits loyal customers of Los Arcoiris and those looking to spice up their suppertime.
With the downtown nightlife in mind, Cilantro’s is also equipped with a bar, which will help extend the restaurant’s hours once it acquires its ABC license.
Alvarez said the new location for another Mexican eatery was enticing because of its location and form-fitting structure.
“I found that the layout was easy to adapt to a Mexican restaurant,” Alvarez said, noting the restaurant’s Southwestern-themed walls and borders. “The design came out perfectly.”
Since the restaurant’s soft opening last week, Alvarez said business has steadily increased, and Monday was a particularly good afternoon.
Alvarez is hopeful Los Arcoiris’ loyal customer base will trickle into the downtown area.
He clearly remembers the early days of Boone’s first Mexican-style eatery, when business was slow, as locals were hesitant to try the Latin American cuisine that earned an unfair reputation for being too hot or spicy.
“Back in the early ’90s, it wasn’t easy to find a town with a Mexican restaurant,” Alvarez said. “Now, Mexican food is so popular, it’s hard to find a town without one.”
Cilantro’s is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., but hours are subject to change.
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