Mexican and Italian food will soon be under one roof when a new restaurant opens at Lockeford and California streets in Lodi.
For the last year and a half, owner Jose Vazquez has constructed his new restaurant that is surrounded by palm trees and has a tropical feel. The property used to house an auto-repair shop.
Vazquez wanted to locate the restaurant in the mostly residential neighborhood because there are not many food options in the area.
He plans to hopefully open the restaurant before the end of the year, and it will have everything from pizzas and pastas to burritos and tacos.
“To me, it’s a good combination,” Vazquez said.
The Planning Commission unanimously approved the beer and wine alcohol license for the restaurant Wednesday night, and complemented Vazquez on the new building.
Planning Commission Chairwoman Debbie Olson, who lives near the restaurant, told Jose Vazquez that she is impressed with the building and excited for him to open.
“I want you to look at my face because I’m going to be a regular,” Olson said.
The menu includes fried catfish fillets, poblano peppers stuffed with seasoned ground pork and beef and fajitas. There will also be pizza and pastas.
In the morning, Vazquez said he wants to offer natural fruit and vegetable juices because he knows there is a gym nearby and he often sees people exercising in the neighborhood.
The restaurant will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.