San Pablo council on Monday unanimously approved Ocotes Grill’s permit to sell beer and wine, with members calling the new restaurant an example of the city’s increasing livability.
A ribbon-cutting date for the restaurant at 1439 23rd St. has been tentatively set for May 15. Last month, restaurant owners told us that a soft-opening could happen sooner. We’ll update this story when the soft-opening is set.
Raul Ledesma co-owns Ocotes Grill and Griselda Ledesma is the property owner. The Ledesma family has lived in the local area since the 1980s, with Griselda graduating from Richmond High — located near Ocotes Grill.
Ocotes Grill will serve authentic Mexican food, including new items such as a taco chili, pineapple dishes and others. American food like burgers and fries will also be offered, partly to serve Richmond High students.
The restaurant will open seven days per week, have the capacity of 40 to 45 diners, with limited outdoor seating, and will cease selling alcohol at 10 p.m.
“We’re focusing on good food, service and also atmosphere,” said Griselda Ledesma, a longtime loan officer in the community.
Griselda said she has seen the city transforming into a more vibrant community with restaurant and entertainment options. She wants to continue to invest in that progress.
“I’m really glad you have decided to invest in San Pablo,” Vice Mayor Genoveva Garcia Calloway said. “This proves to all of us that what we’ve done [to improve the city] is paying off.”