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Big changes at La Sierra Restaurant

Business — Restaurant moves into the building next door, expansion means more space

La Sierra Mexican Grill in Dundee has moved into a larger space, offering a wider range of options for patrons.

“It’s a better building and we can offer a lot more room for private parties, plus we are able to use a full bar,” said owner Victor Lopez.

The restaurant began in a small venue across from the Dundee fire station, near Tina’s Res­taurant. After four years in that space La Sierra moved into a bigger location, its most recent site, memorable for its vibrant paint scheme. Recently it has moved up again, into an 8,000 square foot space next door that formerly held Calamity Jane’s restaurant.Photo Credit: GARY ALLEN - Moving on up - La Sierra Mexican Grill moved from its former location in Dundee to this much larger building next door in November. With a full bar, private party room as well as quiet seating areas, La Sierra welcomes all types of diners to its new venue.

“It’s a bigger kitchen, a double kitchen,” Lopez said. “We also have a private, separate room that will seat up to 40 people. It can be used for meetings, parties, whatever.”

The new location features a larger bar than the old: this one seats up to 100 people, space that may come in handy for the restaurant’s upcoming Feb. 1 Super Bowl party.

For diners who want a different environment than the bar crowd, there are options for more private dining.

“We have our main area, which is a big open space, and we also have a rounded quiet area, separate, if people don’t like to hear noise,” Lopez said.

Overall the theme of the move is expansion: a larger space, larger parking lot and even an expansion into new business ventures.

“I’m trying to do catering and whatever it takes,” Lo­pez said.

The former building is vacant since La Sierra’s move. Lopez said he’s unsure of what will move in there, but that the space offers a range of uses.

“It can go from a wine tasting to a restaurant,” he said.

As for the future, Lopez said his goal is to keep growing the business and eventually own a building for the restaurant.

For now La Sierra settles into its new home and invites the community to come check it out.

“Everybody’s welcome here,” Lopez said. “We are here to help anyone and our servers are very kind with the people.”

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