Looking to expand their restaurant business, Lisandro and Karla Madrigal looked at sites around the region, but in the end, they chose a location that feels similar to the stretch of Arden Way where their Chando's Tacos was born.
The couple's second Chando's Tacos won't be tucked among midtown's trendy eateries. Instead, it will open this summer at 5665 Power Inn Road, near Fruitridge Road. A grand opening is planned for July 7 with $1 tacos and tostadas, free soft drinks, live music and family entertainment.
The Madrigals decided against fiddling with what fueled their first success, so like the Arden site, the second restaurant will be in a blue-collar neighborhood and on a busy thoroughfare.
"A lot of people use Power Inn as a back road to get to and from the south Sacramento and Elk Grove area to the (Highway) 50 and Rancho Cordova," Chando said. "... It's a really busy intersection, and we just thought it would work out quite well. People use the Arden-Garden (Highway) to get to and from I-5 and Natomas over to the Howe area or even I-80 or the mall.
"The cool thing about Power Inn is that area's an anchor for ... lunch already. There's a LaBou. There's Squeeze Inn. There's I Love Teriyaki. There's Subway."
Aided by commercial broker Brenda Miller of Associates West Commercial Real Estate, the Madrigals found a spot with plenty of parking and enough space to seat 75 to 80 diners. A longtime Apple employee, Chando said he'll use the latest technology to speed up service. Diners, however, still will get to see a little cooking action.
"The layout of the kitchen is neat," he said, "where when people walk in the door, they can see the guys in the back making the tacos."
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