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New Riverbank Restaurant Shifts To Take Out
El Mezquite’s Virviana Palomino works on one of the restaurant’s grills at lunch time last week. The restaurant was in the midst of its Grand Opening efforts when Governor Gavin Newson issued an order re-closing inside dining for such food establishments in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Ric McGinnis/The News

It has gotten to be a frustrating time for restaurateurs across the state, with a prime example right here in Riverbank.

The owner of El Mezquite Bar & Grill, Andre Palomino, has had to adjust to changes in the state’s recommendations for restaurants in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak, especially in connection with recent increases in the number of cases reported. The new restaurant is at 2119 Patterson Road in Riverbank.

Most recently, as of press time, Governor Gavin Newsom had issued orders that local dining establishments cut back once more, requiring them to halt dine in services and only offer take-out meals. This came just as the El Mezquite was ramping up its Grand Opening celebration. It’s only the most recent shift Palomino has had to deal with in the pandemic.

Back in March, he was poised to open his store when the outbreak first fully took hold and the stay-at-home order was given. When things closed down, it happened the same week that the opening was planned.

It had only been a few weeks that the dining facilities had been allowed to reopen when this most recent shift occurred.

Palomino assures his customers, and potential customers, that he is prepared to handle the to-go order business, and will continue to offer his Grand Opening buy one-get one entrée special, as well as free delivery in Riverbank for orders of $20 or more.

And he says alcohol will be available with take-out orders, also.

Palomino, along with cooks Virviana Palomino, a niece, and Isreal Tores, stand ready to handle orders as necessary. They also offer car-side service, by calling 209-502-7414.

The exterior of El Mezquite Bar & Grill shows notices of features and offerings in reaction to the many changes the government has imposed on state restaurants in reaction to changes in the way they deal with the COVID outbreak. Dine in services have been ordered curtailed, limiting establishments serving food to offer only take-out orders. El Mezquite is at 2119 Patterson Road. Ric McGinnis/The News