Tuesday, May 28, 2019 || By Shanel Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Patrons wait for food during the May 24 grand opening of Celito Lindo in Maywood. | Shanel Romain
For 45 years, the space at 612 W. Lake St. in Maywood was the home of El Prado Restaurant. Pedro Alvarez, who died last year, established the spot as the primary place to get authentic Cuban fare in Maywood.
Now that El Prado is gone, a new, family-owned eatery hopes to continue that rich culinary tradition. Cielito Lindo Mexican Café opened this month in the space that Alvarez built.
On May 24, Cielito, which means “blue sky,” held a grand opening replete with a Mariachi band and various village officials. The restaurant had been open for roughly a week before then.
Restaurant owner Daniela Rosas, 29, said that she and her husband, Alberto Trevino, the restaurant’s chef, took an instant liking to the location when they were scouting for places to open their business.
“We spent three months looking around the Chicago area,” she said. “When we saw windows, we said, ‘You know what? This is the place.'”
Village officials like Maywood Manager Willie Norfleet (far left), and Trustees Melvin Lightford (third from left), Antonio Sanchez and Nathaniel George-Booker, pose with Cielito employees during the restaurant’s official grand opening on May 24. | Shanel Romain
Rosas said that they already understood the location’s historic importance, which was even more inspiration to move in.
“We love the location,” Rosas said. “We know that before us, this was a very popular restaurant, so we have a lot of history here. The idea is for us to share the culture and tradition of Mexican food, from different cities in Mexico.”
Rosas said that she hopes to continue the authentic tradition in a village that is becoming increasingly diverse. She and her family moved to Maywood roughly a year-and-a-half ago based on that quality, she said.
“We chose Maywood, because of its different cultures,” she said. “I love that diversity and I want to see Maywood grow.”
Waitress Dulce Gomez Rosas of Cielito Lindo bringing customers their Baja Tacos and Huarache De Arrachera on May 24 in Maywood. Right, the enchiladas.| Shanel Romain
When you go, try the tortilla soup, inspired by Rosas’ mother and the place of her upbringing — Mexico City; as well as the enchiladas.
For more info on Cieito Lindo, or to view the menu, click here. VFP
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