Mexican restaurant opens on 28th Street
Fifteen years ago, Gricelda Mata opened a Mexican restaurant on 28th Street, and she plans to do it all over again — down the street.
On Dec. 2, Lindo Mexico in Wyoming, at 1292 28th St. SW, plans to open a second location in Wyoming, at 1742 28th St. SW.
The space was formerly the home of a Ponderosa Steakhouse restaurant.
Lindo Mexico is known for its fresh and authentic Mexican dishes.
A sneak-peek preview of the new Lindo Mexico restaurant was held on Monday night. The event was attended and supported by Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, or GROW, and Local First.
“We’re obviously thrilled, and this event is a nice opportunity to give some of our biggest supporters a chance to get a brief preview of what the inside of our new location looks like — from the vibrant colors to the original art created by local artists,” said Mata, who hails from Michoacan, Mexico and moved to the U.S. when she was 11 years old.
“I have worked hard, as has my brother Cris, our head chef, but we also have been blessed not just with the support of the Hispanic community, but the entire community. They represent our customers and are the reason we are able to celebrate and embrace our continued growth.”
Lindo Mexico was awarded the 2015 Hispanic Business of the Year Award by the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the 2015 Business of the Year Award by GROW.
Mata was also a 2015 nominee for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce's ATHENA Award and has been nominated for the Business Journal’s 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan.
“I feel very strongly that receiving these awards and being nominated for others gives me credibility and a form of validation and that’s why they are important for me,” Mata said. “They also serve as a sense of pride and accomplishment, not just as a Hispanic business owner, but as a female entrepreneur in West Michigan.”