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Palo Alto's longtime La Morenita to shutter

Uploaded: Dec 20, 2017
After 23 years of serving Mexican food in downtown Palo Alto, La Morenita will close on Friday, Dec. 29, co-owner Miguel Reveulta confirmed Wednesday.

Revuelta, who runs the Emerson Street restaurant with his wife Aurora, said the couple plans to retire.

He quickly recalled the day the restaurant opened at 800 Emerson St.: May 25, 1994. It was one in a string of La Morenitas founded by Aurora's aunt, Guadalupe Cordoba.


Chicken enchiladas pictured at La Morenita in 2004. Photo by Norbert von der Groeben/Palo Alto Weekly.

La Morenita has held on throughout decades of significant change in downtown Palo Alto.

The space at the corner of Emerson Street and Homer Avenue will next become a restaurant called Taverna. Two Palo Alto residents who have worked in the local culinary scene, Hakan Bala (who owns catering company Palo Alto Tavern Catering) and Thanasis Pashalidis, are behind Taverna. Both previously worked at Evvia Estiatorio in Palo Alto (which anchors the other end of Emerson Street several blocks away).


La Morenita's last day of business on Emerson Street will be Dec. 29, 2017. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

Bala did not immediately return a request for comment. According to his company's website, he is a native of Turkey who later became a chef in Miami. His cooking is influenced by Turkish, Latin and Californian cuisines. An online catering menu includes dishes such as grilled octopus, lamb riblets, whole branzino fish, moussaka and tarragon-leek risotto.

Read more about Taverna here.

Before (and after) La Morenita closes, reminisce with this 2004 Palo Alto Weekly review: A Mexican classic
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 +   7 people like this
Posted by KW, a resident of Mountain View,
on Dec 20, 2017 at 8:01 pm

I like these blog posts, but Elena really needs to find another synonym for closed because "shuttered" is way overused.


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Posted by Richard, a resident of another community,
on Dec 22, 2017 at 8:01 am

Over the past 20 years, we've eaten dinner at La Morenita more often than any other restaurant in Palo Alto. It's always been our favorite Mexican restaurant. I'm really sad to hear that it is closing.


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