By Mike Kinney
The El Cuscatlán Restaurant enjoyed its grand opening today at 14350 Laurie Lane in San Pablo.
Dozens of well-wishers from the community, including family members, representatives of elected officials and the San Pablo Economic Development Corporation, attended.
The new restaurant is owned by Irma Huezo and her husband Israel and is a true family business, with everyone in the family helping out. Irma is from San Pablo and also owns El Tazumal down the street. She decided to sell her previous restaurant in San Rafael due to the long commute by her staff, who had to commute from San Pablo.
Since El Tazumal in San Pablo was doing so well and the opportunity came up to lease this space, Irma’s husband encouraged her to go for it.
El Cuscatlán focuses on delicious Salvadoran food and since it has the space, Irma will come out with weeknight and weekend programs, such as karaoke, paint night, poetry slams, and yes, even salsa.
Irma hopes to be able to create a local draw for working class families who need a place to unwind, relax, and create fun memories. She is also dedicated to providing job training to San Pablo residents, and is flexible with staff schedules because she knows what it feels like to have young children who may have different needs throughout the year.
At the grand opening, representatives from State Assemblymember Tony Thurman and Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia’s office presented Irma & Israel with Certificates of Recognition. At the close of the ceremonies, family members and the community cut the red ribbon with a huge pair of scissors to grace the official opening of the new restaurant.