The Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the grand opening of the new El Potrillo restaurant located at 1951 West Jefferson St. in Quincy (just before Chevrolet Buick of Quincy on Highway 90).
The chamber and El Potrillo will host a ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. Area residents and businesses are invited to attend the celebration and get a head start on enjoying their weekend. A local band, Mariachi Jaliscience, will be on hand to play favorites such as “Cielito Lindo” and “La Bamba.”
The restaurant will serve authentic Mexican recipes Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Quick lunch specials (either dine-in or to-go) and daily drink specials will be available. El Potrillo will follow a tradition carried over from Mexico by offering special carry-out options on weekends, such as menudo and carnitas, which is pulled pork with special seasonings, and tortillas.
“The chamber is thrilled to have another business opening in Quincy,” said David Gardner, executive director of the chamber. “Although a lot of people are experiencing difficult times, this local family has not let it stop them and have moved forward with opening their restaurant.”
“My wife and I chose Quincy to raise our family because it seemed like a very peaceful town,” said owner Jose Tzintzun. “It is also a good place to extend our Mexican culture to the public by giving them a little taste of our traditional recipes.”
El Potrillo, a current member of the cchamber, offers a variety of fresh, hand-prepared dishes such as chile relleno (a chile poblano stuffed with cheese) and camarones a la diabla (slow-cooked shrimp in a spicy red sauce). Emphasis is placed on preservative-free and fresh ingredients and for better health, meals are prepared with canola and olive oil. Meat is obtained from Sysco and Quincy’s own Quality Discount Meats. Fresh produce and beans are purchased from a Quincy vendor.
Esmeralda, Tzintzun’s wife and co-owner of El Potrillo, makes the corn and flour tortillas from scratch each day.
Customers with a sweet tooth will enjoy desserts such as flan, guava cheesecake and tres leches. Jarritos, Mexico’s first national soft drink made with 100 percent natural sugar, are also available in flavors like pineapple, lemon, fruit punch, mango and tamarind. Coca-Cola products are also offered in keeping with Gadsden County tradition and bottled Cokes, made with sugar rather than high-fructose corn syrup, are imported from Mexico.
Crystal Tzintzun, the manager of El Potrillo, said, “In our menu, we have a variety of freshly prepared meals with authentic recipes from Mexico at an affordable price.”
A private area with room to seat 20 people can be reserved for business meetings, family dinners or other special occasions. Sports fans and those needing to settle down after a long day of work can relax in front of one of three flat screen televisions. An outdoor open-air patio area is available for enjoying the more pleasant weather.
El Potrillo employs approximately six staff members from Gadsden County. The Tzintzun’s hope to hire more employees as word gets out about the restaurant and the business experiences positive growth.
Throughout the building renovation and opening process, the owners of El Potrillo appreciated the advice and assistance received from the city of Quincy’s building and planning department, the Gadsden County Health Inspector’s office and Edwards Fire Protection. They especially appreciated the enthusiasm exhibited by Eric Howell, from the Quincy Police Department and Bob Wilder, an officer from the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Department, as they continuously checked on the progress of the new restaurant and became two of its first customers.
Contact El Potrillo at 850-627-8938 for more information about the new restaurant. Customers are encouraged to pick up carryout menus and call ahead to pick up those orders.