New Mexican Restaurant to Open in Downtown Morton

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June 22, 2012 - Morton, IL - Today, the Morton Economic Development Council announced Hacienda Fuentes, a locally owned restaurant specializing in authentic Mexican cuisine, will open this summer in Downtown Morton  "During the downtown planning process, participants expressed a strong desire for more dining and retail options in our downtown," said Jennifer Daly, CEO for the Morton EDC.  "Hacienda Fuentes is an ideal addition to our growing restaurant cluster.  This will be the fourth new restaurant locating in our downtown area in the past 12 months."

Hacienda Fuentes is owned by Victor, Gilberto, and Jaime Fuentes, brothers from Pekin who opened their first location in Pekin in June of 2011.  "I opened a restaurant in Macomb four years ago and had a great experience bringing real Mexican dishes to Illinois," said Victor Fuentes.  "We decided to open our first Hacienda Fuentes in Pekin last year and we have a lot of regular customers from Morton.  They encouraged us to consider a second location in Morton and so we began looking."

Victor contacted the Morton EDC for some assistance and the search for the perfect location began.  "We looked at a variety of locations, but we really liked the former Hardees building near the corner of Birchwood and Main Street," said Victor.  "It is convenient for customers and has plenty of parking.  We are completely transforming the building inside and out to make it look and feel like a traditional Mexican eatery."

The Fuentes brothers hope to open their new Morton location this August.  The menu will include a variety of homemade Mexican foods, vegetarian plates, fresh salads, and a full kids menu with kid-friendly options.  They will be open Monday - Thursday and Sunday from 11 am - 9 pm and on Saturday from 11 am - 10 pm.  "We are proud to be known for fresh, authentic food and really good service," said Victor.  "We can't wait to welcome and serve the people of Morton."