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Wednesday, October 24,2012

New in town

Tacos E Mas / DeWitt Auto Spa Detail Center / Old Town Marquee / Irish Pub auction

by ALLAN I. ROSS

Four years ago, David Delacruz Jr. helped his father and stepmother open Tacos E Mas, a Mexican restaurant at 1850 Cedar St. in Holt. Thanks to the success of that location, the family opened an additional location this month with the same name at 801 Thomas L. Parkway in Delta Township. 

“The original Tacos E Mas is drive-thru only,” said Delacruz, who manages the new restaurant near the corner of Waverly Road and West Saginaw Street. “It had picnic tables in the summer, but no inside seating. Our new location allows our customers to actually sit at a table and enjoy their food.” 

The “E” in Tacos E Mas is a playful Americanization of the Spanish “y,” which means “and,” similar to how some businesses will drop the “and” in their name to an “n” (as in Nip N Sip). 

“It’s an Americanized menu, so we Americanized the name, too,” Delacruz said. “And we didn’t want people to misspell it or mispronounce it.”  

Delacruz said the unconventional spelling would also help the family potentially franchise the operation someday (there are a few businesses down south with the name Tacos Y Mas). He said that all of the taco shells are made from corn and fried on the grill, giving them a unique taste. As for the “mas” part of the name, Delacruz said one of the biggest sellers is the Hot Burro dinner ($7.99), a spicy dish with beans, choice of meat, spicy cheese dip and hot salsa atop a 12-inch tortilla. He said both locations have identical menus, but there are plans to make some additions soon, including salads and other healthier fare.  


Wax on

Two months ago, Tom Hopkins took out a bay in a do-it-yourself carwash and turned it into DeWitt Auto Spa and Detail Center, which provides customized interior and exterior detail packages. Interior services include deep-cleaning all carpeting and plastic work and conditioning all leather; exterior work involves clay barring (a special process that removes tar, sap and other environmental factors) and heavy waxing. The packages run $105 individually or $180 for the works. 

“Other places charge extra for clay barring, but I include it as part of the package,” Hopkins said. “It’s the only good way to do a good job. Otherwise you’re just waxing in the garbage.”  


Old Town gains a Marquee

Last month, we told you how the Rizzi Design marketing firm had bought Old Town’s Perspective 2, 319 E. Grand River Ave. Lansing, event facility with the intention of making the location an extension of its bridal branding division, RD I Do. This week, owners formally announced the business’ new name: Old Town Marquee. Owner Rochelle Rizzi says that the facility’s use will concentrate on RD I Do — additional needs will maintain some of P2’s functions, including its use as an event rental space.


Irish Pub on the block

The Irish Pub, 1910 W. Saginaw St., is on the auction block. The building is listed on a national auction company’s website as a “going concern opportunity.” What’s at stake? According to the website, the “real estate and a thriving restaurant & bar business.” None of the owners returned our call, but a bartender who answered the phone said that Greg, who “is running the business,” is buying the building from his wife, Gina. Sounds complicated. Among the items on the block are the restaurant’s freezers, coolers, griddles and deep fryers, as well as tables, chairs, nine flat screen TVs and a pinball machine. 


Tacos E Mas
801 Thomas L. Parkway, Delta Township
Mon.-Thurs.: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Fri. and Sat.: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sun.: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(517) 327-8226
tacosemas.com


DeWitt Auto Spa and Detail Center
Behind Arby’s on U.S. 27
13274 S. U.S. 27 Highway, DeWitt
(517) 668-2239
facebook.com/DeWittAutoSpaDetailCenter

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