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Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-21 ,m The crew at the new El Guadalajara restaurant in Shelton Nunel, co-owner Cesar Zepeda, co-owner Alfonso Ramos, pl pose on opening day last week, Noe Hdez Larjos and Lee Islas. Journal photo by Gordon Weeks they are, clockwise from bottom left, David Restaurant opens doors in 5hdton owne..,ave,,o,d the building Angeles, he worked alongside his a vibrant orange, brother in a Mexican restaurant. Lunch specials are served fromHe continued to work in Mexican 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customers are restaurants as his playing career welcome to order from the dinner took him around the country. By GORDON WEEKS in about five months and is also menu at any time. After marrying his wife, Ana, in gordon@masor un com considering a site in Belfair. Cesar The lunch specials include en-1995, Ramos moved to Washington Zepeda is his partner in the Shel- chiladas, tacos, burritos, quesadil- and continued to work at Mexican Thirteen years after founding ton restaurant, which debuted last las, chalupas, huevos rancheros restaurants. his E1 Guadalajara restaurant in Thursday. and fajitas. In 2001, Ramos and a partner Tacoma, Alfonso Ramos last weekE1 Guadalajara is the third res- The dinner offerings include opened E1 Guadalajara in the Sta- opened his second authentic Mexi- taurant to open in the past two vegetarian choices, a kids' menu dium district of Tacoma. can restaurant at 831 S. First St. years in the former home of KFC. and such desserts as flan, sopap- Three years ago, he moved the on the edge of downtown Shelton. Family health issues closed Nara illas, churros and deep-fried ice restaurant to the Sixth Avenue "I don't think there's a lot ofTeriyaki after a year; Taqueria cream, district of Tacoma. competition," said Ramos, a Taco- Las Cazuelitas also lasted about a Ramos emigrated from his na- The Shelton restaurant is open ma resident. "Shelton needs a good year. tive Mexico when he was 16 years from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday Mexican restaurant." Passing drivers on First Street/ old to pursue a career as a soccer through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 Ramos said he plans to open hisstate Route 3 will have no problem player, p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 third restaurant in Port Townsend zeroing in on the restaurant; the While playing soccer in Los a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. over space New venture, Vintage Pickers, slated show "American Pick- ers," inspired the name, to open in January on West Cota Street he said. "We'll probably put some of the better an- By GORDON WEEKS taking over the building tiques in there," he said. gordon@m~sor~oun~co~ next door following the January marks the closure of the Over Time five-year anniversary of Connoisseurs of col- bar. The couple plans to the opening of Garage lectibles and antiquesopen a second business, Sale Maniacs. will soon have a side-Vintage Pickers, some-The offerings at Ga- by-side double dose oftime in January. rage Sale Maniacs in- opportunities to browse Garage Sales Mani- clude furniture, house- on West Cota Street inacs offers about 5,000hold goods, clothing, downtown Shelton. square feet of items, tools, home decor, books, Ray and Kerri Fred- and the new space has music, movies and knick erick, the owners of about 3,000 square feet, knacks. The shop is open Garage Sale Maniacs Ray Frederick said. The 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thurs- at 122 W. Cota St., are the History Channel TVday through Saturday. Journal photo Ray Frederick, who owns Garage Sale Maniacs in downtown wife Kerri, plans to open a second antiques business, Vintage door in January. He stands in his current shop last week. by Gordon Weeks Shelton wRh Pickers, next