Mi Mexico opens quietly Monday
Correction: On Saturday, the owners of Mi Mexico said that the restaurant is closed on Sundays at this time. This story has been changed to reflect this information.
MORRIS — After many delays and much anticipation, Mi Mexico opened quietly in Morris on Monday afternoon.
Mi Mexico is owned by Juan and Stephanie Cid, who also own the Mi Mexico restaurant in Benson.
Anticipation in the community for the restaurant's opening has been growing for more than a year. The Cids have been trying to open a restaurant in Morris for the last three or four years, but had to wait until a suitable space opened up.
However, it took longer than expected to make the necessary cosmetic and structural updates to their space on the second floor of City Center Mall. In addition to the face lift, they also updated all of the duct work, plumbing, and electrical work in the space.
"It's pretty much been stripped to the studs and redone from there," said Stephanie.
All of the decor was either handcrafted by Juan or custom-built and decorated from Mexico. All of the booths, murals, chairs and other pieces are designed to help share pieces of Hispanic culture.
"In the news it's really easy to hear all the bad stuff, but people don't always see the beautiful things about our culture or about Mexico — we want to try relay that message along with serving really good food," said Stephanie.
They also had to remodel the kitchen to meet their specifications. Because Mi Mexico makes all of their food from scratch, they need more space and equipment in the kitchen, Stephanie said.
The menu at Mi Mexico in Morris is slightly bigger than the menu at the location in Benson, featuring 74 platters. One addition to the menu is soup, which they decided to add because of the growing Hispanic community in Morris who will be familiar with some of the new dishes.
Mi Mexico also has a dedicated bar area that is mostly separate from the main restaurant. Stephanie said they wanted to separate the two areas so that families will feel comfortable in the restaurant, while others can come to get a drink while watching a game.
"In some places you hear that their liquor sales are their main sales — for us it's the food," said Stephanie.
Stephanie said they planned a soft opening this month to give employees time to get trained and comfortable with the menu, and will hold a grand opening in January. Mi Mexico currently has between 15 and 20 employees, but will likely be hiring more.
"You want to help [the staff] so they don't get scared, and you want to make sure you can give the best service you can to the customers," said Stephanie.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The bar, with a limited menu, will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until 1 a.m.
For more information visit the restaurant's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mi-Mexico-Corp/352540818261735.