FAIRFIELD — Jose Mendoza is going back to the future to pursue his dream.
The owner of Choco Latte Mexican Cafe in Suisun City will soon close down his shop – so he can move it to West Texas Street in Fairfield, where he will reopen in a few weeks with a full menu.
“The name is Choco Latte Mexican Cafe, but in Suisun City we don’t have a kitchen, so it’s a coffee shop,” Mendoza said. “We want to get more into food.”
So he is moving into a spot on the south side of West Texas Street near Pennsylvania Avenue, the former home of Favela’s Taqueria. Mendoza worked there two decades ago as a cook. It’s still owned by the Favela family.
“Veronica Favela is my friend,” he said. “I worked in that same location about 20 years ago. She’s planning on making the whole building look better. This will be nice.”
He plans a traditional Mexican menu, which is not the same as a traditional Mexican restaurant menu. Don’t look for burritos, nachos or tacos. He’ll have pozole, enchilladas, flautas and sopitos.
“It’s more traditional,” he said. “Downtown Suisun City is more of a destination, but people have to come there. It’s not like West Texas Street or I-80.”
Mendoza opened his cafe in May 2012, operating in the same space as Eco-Delight Coffee on Main Street in Suisun City. That October, it moved to its current spot at 535 Kellogg St. The menu features everything from espresso to lattes to ice cream to smoothies to tamales. But now he’ll offer more variety.
Mendoza hopes to get more traffic on West Texas Street, even though he’s several blocks from the County Government Center. He hopes the unusual menu and the Mexican coffee will continue to bring people to his door.
“We’ll continue with coffee,” Mendoza said. “People love the coffee and Mexican chocolate. We’ll continue with that on the menu.”
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