Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Staff Writer
VON ORMY— After months of anticipation the Route 35 Diner is set to open in mid-to-late September.  Located at 13437 Interstate 35 in Von Ormy, the new restaurant occupies the former location of El Chisme Café. 
     New owner Pedro Lopez, Jr. spoke with the Von Ormy Star to explain the new concept behind Route 35 Diner.  Lopez describes the new restaurant as “something different” — a cross between traditional South Texas cuisine and a modern Latin Diner.  For speedier service, diners will order at a walk up station and food will be delivered to their tables. 
     Patrons will find South Texas classics like Chicken Fried Steak, Barbacoa and Tex-Mex breakfast plates.  They will also find be able to feast on international selections from Argentinean, Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America. Shish Kabobs, Fish and Blackened shrimp will also be available.
     Months of renovations have completely restored the building and given it a fresh contemporary look.       
     Lopez, will operate the restaurant with his father Pedro Lopez, Sr.  The two have extensive experience in the business having operated restaurants like Papa Nachos and Salsalitos.
     Lopez plans a soft open in two to three weeks, followed by a week of training when fully staffed.  A grand opening will be set with live music and entertainment.   Look for banners and announcements.  Lopez says patrons are welcome to stop in during the soft opening to give feedback and an advanced look. 
    The new restaurant will bring 10—15 jobs to the city.  Lopez says they are hiring motivated people.  Interested persons can apply at the restaurant.  Operating hours will  be from 6:00 AM to 10 or 11:00 PM and later on weekends.
     Lopez  said, “We look forward to serving great food in this great community.  Everyone has been very welcoming.”

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