All the owners, manager and staff of El Nopal Mexican restaurant want for Christmas is to open in their new location! Customers who liked their margaritas and menu will be happy to know the restaurant is not leaving Eureka—they've been closed for the past three weeks so they remodel what used to be Johnny's Place restaurant in Old Town Eureka.
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El Nopal formerly was located at 110a Hilltop Village Center Drive. The new location is 106 S. Central Avenue.
Owner David Escamilla said they are remodeling the new space while working through the process to secure new licenses and permits. "We would like to open before January," he said.
They already replaced the carpet with tile, and painted new colors on the walls.
El Nopal manager Facundo Mendoza said he is transferring most of his former staff, and will be hiring a few new people.
Mendoza said they will add some new platter options. "We're really happy about the outside seating area here, and being able to have it open to customers even in the winter."
He said they also would consider fixing up an unused space in the back of the building to eventually have additional, outdoor patio space. "We hope to do a new deck out back."
One new area will be a party room, which provides privacy. Mendoza said he likely will have a flat screen television in the room, and possibly a Wii hookup for children. When not being used for special events, the room will be used to service more customers.
Mendoza estimates they had a 160-seat capacity at their former location, compared to 95 to 100 in the new space.
"We hope to hang TVs everywhere, even in the outside area out front," he said.
Do you think this is a good move for El Nopal?