After not having a Mexican restaurant in Wallowa County for the past nine years, two such establishments are planning to open in the coming months. One operated by Leo Arenas will go in at the former location of Pam's Country Kitchen in Enterprise. The second will be operated by Angelica Zurita and will open at the former location of The House Cafe in Enterprise.
Arenas is in the process of remodeling his new restaurant and does not yet know when he will be open for business. He will offer a complete Mexican dinner menu in a new business called el Bajio which, he says, means "the valley."
Arenas comes to the Wallowa Valley from Baker City where he worked in another Mexican restaurant. The business will be owned by Arenas and two brothers. He picked Enterprise to open his venture "because it is a nice town and I like small cities."
He says he has no arguments with two Mexican eateries entering the market at virtually the same time, saying that others have an equal need to make a living. He is confident that he will put quality food on the table.
Zurita has closed on her purchase of The House Cafe building, but was not available for comment. She is reportedly from a family which owns several Mexican restaurants in the Northwest. She has been trying to find the right location to open her Enterprise restaurant for over one year.
The previous Mexican restaurant in Enterprise was an eatery called Sonitas which was run from 1982 to 1994 by Sondra Lozier in Wallowa Valley Mall.