Ypsilanti, Michigan — Brothers Nicolas and Reyes Arreola hoped their business would thrive, but not literally.
On Tuesday, March 21st, a driver crashed into Dos Hermanos Market, a few doors down from the new Dos Hermanos Mexican Grill. The restaurant recently had a soft opening on Wednesday, March 8th.
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Despite some setbacks due to the crash, the brothers are still excited to bring authentic Mexican food such as tortas, burritos, burrito bowls, tacos, quesadillas and vegetarian and vegan options to Ypsilanti for a quick and casual experience. doing.
“There is a need for something like this and that is why it has been so successful so far,” said General Manager Enrique Aquino. “Most people only have 30 minutes or an hour for lunch, so making a meal within minutes goes a long way.”
The Arreola brothers are now running new businesses and dealing with the damage to the market they opened in 2007.
Dos Hermanos Market is known for its Mexican, Central and South American groceries, and many families have come to rely on these products, Aquino said.
Aquino said SUV drivers hit the market in the most “critical” places to store meats, cheeses and prepared foods. Regardless, certain sections are still open to customers, he said.
Aquino said the owners are still waiting to find out the extent of the damage, adding that they are seeking help from customers and the city in the meantime.
But the show at Dos Hermanos Mexican Grill must go on.
Formerly Abe’s Coney Island, the place has undergone a major renovation. The Arreola brothers said they really had no choice but to buy the site after learning that the landlord was selling the building along with the market site.
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The owners initially wanted to keep Abe running while incorporating Mexican cuisine into their menu, but the brothers soon realized they weren’t ready to run a business they had no experience with.
“That means we’ve been here in the market for 16 years already. We’re very grateful to everyone,” said Nicolas. “We hope the same applies to restaurants and want to let everyone know what we can do.”
The brothers and Aquino are ready to go to Ypsilanti, and possibly other cities, to enjoy what Dos Hermanos has to offer.
“This is in Ann Arbor, Canton, Livonia, and elsewhere, so this is just a prototype,” Aquino said.
In the meantime, restaurants will revisit their menus to figure out what customers really like, Aquino said, adding that they may extend breakfast hours or stay open late.
“Even though we have Coney Island, there’s a demand for breakfast in the area. Abe was the institution for that,” he said. “Obviously we’re going to launch it when we have the right audience and the right help.”
A Mexican restaurant is also slated for a grand opening in April, and may host its own festival this summer featuring live music, children’s activities and, of course, Mexican food, Aquino said. I’m here.
The restaurant’s current hours of operation are 9 AM-9 PM Monday-Saturday and 9 AM-6 PM Sunday.
Find Dos Hermanos Mexican Grill online, on social media, or by calling 734-802-1662.
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