Three years after taking ownership of Dos Locos Fajita and Stonegrill on Rehoboth Avenue, brothers Mit and Ayan Patel are expanding the restaurant to Route 24.
“Things are going well,” said Mit, with a big smile, during a recent interview in the recently leased space. “That’s why we’re opening another one.”
The entrepreneurial brothers also own Cape Wine and Spirits in Lewes, Hickman’s Liquors in Ocean View and Sea Esta Motel II in Long Neck.
“He deals with the motel and the liquor stores, while I deal with the restaurants,” said Mit, laughing, while Ayan was checking out the work left to complete in the kitchen.
Located in the former home of El Dorado Restaurant, which closed its doors in December, Mit said the new Dos Locos will feature the same fresh Mexican food customers have grown to love in the downtown Rehoboth location, including the stonegrill.
The downtown restaurant is open year-round, but Alex Miafodzyeu, Dos Locos general manager, said a lot of local customers often say they don’t come into town during the summer. Opening this restaurant allows local customers to get the same great food, without having to deal with the downtown traffic, he said.
Mit said he and his brother had been looking to expand for a while, and when his real estate agent called about the former El Dorado space, he knew it would be a good fit. It’s a busy road, with lots of free parking, he said. Plus, there’s a customer base used to having a restaurant here, he said.
Mit said when renovations are complete, the new restaurant will look a lot like the original restaurant, with all booth seating and a full bar, featuring 72 tequilas, he said.
“I just counted this morning at the other location,” said Mit.
One change from original will be a small outdoor patio, he said.
Mit said he expects the new Dos Locos, 18766 John J. Williams Highway, to be open sometime in March. He said the restaurant will be open seven days a week – 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, with the possibility of staying open later.
Mit said progress on the renovation will be posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page for customers. For more information, the Rehoboth Avenue location can be reached at 302-227-3353 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.