Last night, on my way to pick up dinner at the Tea House II in St Paul, I noticed that the former Baker's Square restaurant had a new sign on it... Los Ocampo! (This is near the Target off of White Bear Ave, just south of I-94. If you've been to the Tea House out there, you've driven right past the building). It did not look open yet, but there was a Los Ocampo truck parked outside.
It's a fairly large space, especially compared to the other Los Ocampo outposts, which are more taqueria in size and style than full-on restaurants. I would be very interested to know if they are going to be doing a full-service restaurant or sticking with (their very successful) model of the other locations. Anyone know any other details????
I just hope they are not closing the other East Metro location on Arcade Street, which is very close to my house. The White Bear Ave location wouldn't be too far away either but but but but. I will try to ask the next time we go in there, probably some time in the next week-- have to get my craving fix of the best Mexican rice (other than my mom's) and the best tacos al pastor in the Cities!
Anyway, I think it's great they are doing so well in this economy to open another place. And this brings another great food option to the East Metro, especially out there where most of the dining options appear to be chain/fast food outlets, other than the excellent Tea House. I hope they get lots of business from the folks at 3M...
Anyway, pass the word on to your East Side/East Metro chowfriends and chowrelatives to keep an eye out for opening. And I'll come back and report anything I find out.