The Molcajete Duranguense plate at La Carreta.
closed its doors this past week at 6840 N. Academy Blvd., to be replaced just days later by a second La Carreta
La Carreta has been open on 35 Iowa Ave., just northeast of Memorial Park, for 23 years; Blanca Reyes and her mom Lorenza Galvan have owned it for the last five of those years.
"We appreciate the neighborhood that has been supporting us all this time," says Reyes, noting many regular customers who'd drive from the north side of town. So this new location is partly meant to place an eatery closer to those loyal customers, she says.
Though she had dreamed of a second location some
day, Reyes said the opportunity to branch out now
came when Lemongrass Bistro's owner recently approached them about a sale. What enabled La Carreta to open doors just days after Lemongrass closed down is how good of shape the spot's in, she says. The front-house decor was already fairly "plain," she adds, meaning it's an easy transition from Vietnamese to Mexican service, and her crew mainly just needed to reorganize the kitchen area.
Reyes says the menu at this new north location will be exactly the same as at the original, and Galvan will do the prep at both to ensure consistency.
"This is authentic Mexican food, the same way we cook at home," says Reyes, noting their Durango, Mexico roots. "Everything is from scratch: no cans, nothing frozen."