It’s a family business for owners Samuel and Maria Sanchez of Crane
The Sanchez family looks forward to serving local residents Mexican food at El Castillo. (Photo by TAMMY DOWNS)
By Tammy Downs
El Castillo is a new Mexican restaurant that recently opened its doors for business inside of the Ye Olde Castle Restaurant, located at 186 W. Monroe. The restaurant officially opened for business on May 5.
The owners of El Castillo are Samuel and Maria Sanchez. They said they had been looking for a place to rent where they could open a restaurant, and it worked out that Ye Olde Castle had an empty space and the owners were willing to lease it out.
Prior to opening the restaurant Samuel had been a long-haul truck driver, and he said that it was too hard on the family to be gone all the time. He knew he needed to find a job where he could be by his family and they could all be together.
The Sanchezes have five children ranging in ages from 3 to 18. The older children are a big help with this new business, the Sanchezes said, and they hope their restaurant offers a family atmosphere for their customers.
Everything on the menu at El Castillo will be made with fresh items — nothing will be made using leftovers from the day before. The menu will offer different varieties of tacos, burritos and tostadas made with chicken, pork, beef tongue, beef head and grilled beef steak bits. A couple of American items will be on the menu, too.
One of the specialty items is the “Alan’s Chronic Burrito.” This is a huge burrito filled with all of the available fillings. If anyone can actually eat a whole one by themselves, the Sanchezes will take the customer’s photo and post it up.
Customers who are celebrating their birthday can let the Sanchezes know, and they have two different sizes of sombreros for the special birthday person to wear while singing them “Happy Birthday.”
For those who want a drink with their meal, El Castillo carries different types of American and Mexican beer, and they also make a lemon and strawberry margarita.
The restaurant is not making deliveries at this time, but it is a service that may be added later on.
Samuel said they do not want to lose the castle name so they will not be changing it — “El Castillo,” and “Ye Olde Castle.”
Ye Olde Castle owner Rosie Kimble said she and husband, Jerry, are semi-retired. After 51 years in business in Burns Rosie said, “The restaurant now serves breakfast and lunch only. The Kimbles wish to thank their many evening customers for their patronage and friendship.”
El Castillo’s business hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, call 541-573-7110.