By Kris Leonhardt
MARSHFIELD — With a name that translates to English as “taco stand of the sun,” Taqueria El Sol offers so much more than just tacos — or Mexican food for that matter.
In addition to their restaurant service, owners Roberto and Ana Ojeda offer a line of Mexican groceries, which were previously unavailable in local chain stores, as well as financial services and transfers to Mexico, Columbia, and Nicaragua.
The business specializes in fresh-made menu items using authentic Mexican spices.
The Ojedas came from Chicago six years ago and had never owned a restaurant before moving to Marshfield.
“I was an LPN, and Roberto was in accounting,” explained Ana. “He works with numbers, so it is good to have an accounting person that keeps track of bookkeeping and sales. That’s the way I think the business will be successful.
“We started where Real Pizza used to be on 14th Street. We were there for three years, and we saved to buy our own building, and this is ours. Now we could call it ours.”
As the business marks three years at its 1705 S. Central Ave. location, it is gearing up for a few changes as well as a celebration to mark their completion.
“We are celebrating the Cinco de Mayo. Plus, it is going to be our third year in business,” said Ana. “We are also putting in new furniture, new sheers, new booths. It’s a new style.
“We are putting in more privacy for the bathrooms, and we are adding new paintings.”
Updates to the restaurant began Feb. 27 and will continue through spring.
In addition to the facility updates, the restaurant has introduced a new menu.
“The new menu will (be instituted) March 1,” said Ana, and it will offer vegetarian options as well as expanded selections.
The restaurant’s updates will culminate in a May 5 Cinco de Mayo celebration, which will include a live mariachi band from Chicago and specials on margaritas and domestic beer.
In addition, the Ojedas have plans for further expansion in the future.
“Our goal is to expand the restaurant, but we need parking. That is our main issue,” added Ana.