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La Tuna, Wells’ new Mexican restaurant, spices things up

December 17, 2017
Katie Mullaly - Register Staff Writer (kmullaly@faribaultcountyregister.com) , Faribault County Register

On the top of a well known cacti known as a prickly pear sits an oblong, sometimes green, sometimes pink round fruit with its own spikes. Prickly pears are also known as tuna in spanish.

Enter Wells' new Mexican cuisine restaurant: La Tuna.

Located at 37 South Broadway, La Tuna just recently opened on Oct. 23 by owners Cristina Gonzalez and her husband. Along with their two young children, Jemina and Damien, the family, new to Wells, has planted their feet firmly in the community.

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Located in the old Wildcat restaurant, Cristina Gonzalez and her husband, along with their two children Jemina and Damien, stand in their new restaurant, a goal the Gonzalezes have been working towards for eight years.

Originally from Mexico, the family settled in Fairmont and worked in the restaurant industry for eight years before deciding to chase their own American dream of opening a restaurant.

The restaurant, complete with full bar and amenities to fit any sized fiesta, has a three page menu chock-full of delectable and traditional Mexican cuisine items.

The Gonzalez family hopes to add a few more helpful hands to the staff in the coming months to be able to help with the already growing trend of the restaurant.

Whispers from all across Wells have people curious about the flavors of La Tuna.

From their Alambre dish, one of their more popular choices off the menu, to an array of unique items such as the burrito verde, La Tuna has something for everyone.

"We wanted to come here, somewhere there is a need for good food, and show what we have to offer," says Gonzalez.

She explains the draw to the new location came not only from the need for more restaurant options for the city, but the old Wildcat Bar and Restaurant site came fully equipped with everything the hard-working family needed to complete their dream.

"It had all of the equipment we needed to really start moving on our restaurant," says Gonzalez.

As authentic Hispanic music plays, and the cervesas and margaritas stay chilled in the coolers, every table is welcome to fresh made tortilla chips and original salsa.

For anyone with Hispanic heritage in their familia, no plate of food is complete without a bottle of Jarritos, which are available at La Tuna for purchasing.

So, the question still remains. Why did the Gonzalez family choose to name their restaurant La Tuna?

"It's a funny story, actually," says Gonzalez. "My husband had to have a name in order for us to fill out our paperwork, and though we wanted to put a little more time and thought into it, we wanted to get our business up and running. So, he decided to go with La Tuna, which is a really yummy fruit."

Really yummy. Those are two words to describe Wells' newest eatery and Mexican restaurant.

La Tuna is open for business Mondays from 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch, and open up again for dinner at 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, La Tuna is open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch, and 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. for dinner. Delicioso.

 
 

 

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