Operating out of a structure built in 1935, downtown’s El Sombrero Cafe had been serving a Mexican menu on Main Street since 1950. Closing without fanfare last year, the new owners will be taking over soon, featuring a new name and and its own revamped menu.
The 2,640-square-foot stand-alone restaurant last revamped its exterior, interior design, and menu when Irma Aguirre of Mundo fame became the new owner in 2014. The restaurant walked into controversy two years later, when then presidential candidate Donald Trump paid a high-profile visit and the El Sombrero brand name became a target for political boycotts.
El Zaguán Mexican Bistro takes over the El Sombrero space. The restaurant describes itself a specializing in “vegan, vegetarian & traditional authentic Mexican cuisine.” Future opening hours have yet to be announced, nor the fate of the neon-trimmed, decades old billboard on the roof.