For residents who love fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine, the finish line for Lulu’s newest location in downtown Los Altos is nearly in sight.
Renovations for the newest tenants of the former Vino 100 location at 163 Main St. began Nov. 1. Lulu’s marketing director, Kimberly Williams, said that barring any setbacks, Lulu’s newest location is scheduled to open in early 2012.
“We’re thrilled that we’re finally here and that we’ll be able to open our doors sometime in January,” she said.
Owner Bracken Richardson opened the first Lulu’s in Menlo Park with his wife, Natalie, in 2005, and has since added locations in San Carlos and Palo Alto.
Richardson said the decision to open the fourth restaurant in Los Altos was both a nostalgic and practical one. After the couple married and relocated to the Bay Area in 1986, they rented a home within walking distance from downtown Los Altos and quickly fell in love with the village atmosphere.
“We would walk into town to eat all the time,” Richardson recalled. “We’ve always loved Los Altos. … It’s always been on the radar in terms of where we’d like (a restaurant) to be.”
Richardson added that the success of Lulu’s could be traced to his wife’s passion for the business and the food, as well as head chef Lourdes Lopez.
“The whole thing works because of Natalie and who she is and what she does,” he said. “She just loves what she does.”
From a practical standpoint, Richardson said Lulu’s’ reputation for using high-quality, sustainable vegetables and meats in its recipes is something that appeals to health-conscious residents in Los Altos. Richardson added that the difference in quality is something you can taste as well.
“Everything we make is something we personally enjoy,” he said.
Richardson said the Los Altos location is currently undergoing a complete remodel, including the installation of a new kitchen and dining area. In addition, they will recess the current storefront to allow outdoor dining along Main Street. A smaller outdoor seating area at the store’s second entrance, facing San Antonio Road, will offer diners another option.
“The idea is that we have this wide sidewalk area (facing San Antonio Road), so why not create another place where you can engage people?” he said.
Lulu’s’ menu will feature a wide range of traditional Mexican dishes, Williams noted, from staples like burritos and tacos to house specials like shrimp fajita plates, ranging in price from $2.95 to $15.50.
Lulu’s offers wine and beer as part of its menu at its three existing locations and will add margaritas to its Los Altos eatery after winning a countywide lottery drawing for a full liquor license, Williams added.
For more information, visit www.lulusmexicanfood.com.