We had dinner at Taqueria Moroleone’s new location last night. The menu is pretty much the same, with some small price increases. For the time being, it's BYO, but that won't be the case much longer because they're supposed to have their liquor license pretty soon.
It's a real step up from their old digs. Tablecloths, cloth napkins, a "hostess stand." But that's not all that's changed. Now, granted, this observation is based on only one visit, so it might be terribly inaccurate. Anyone who had ever frequented the old location knows that it was a place that appealed to a broad spectrum of customers. The folks eating there came from the McMansions that surround Kennett Square, from the small apartments in the borough, and everywhere in between. And in fact, I always regarded the old TM as a place that was a living example of the positive influence the Latino community has had on Kennett Square. I can't think of another small business in the area that attracts locals from all walks of life the way the old TM did.
But, taking a look around last night, that all seemed to have changed. Instead of TM's usual diverse clientele, the Latino community was conspicuously absent from the two filled dining rooms. It’s a puzzle to me since, except for the ambience, little has changed. There are the same friendly servers, the same tortilla chips and salsa on the tables, the same music playing in the background. But it just doesn’t feel like it did before. I hope I’m describing my observation appropriately because if this is not an isolated occurance, this change is not a positive one. Kennett Square has an ongoing effort to “bridge” the community; is Avondale somehow different? Have others who were “regulars” at the old location noticed the same thing at the new location, or was last night simply unusual? Can anyone shed some light on my observation?