Cesar Vazquez had a good feeling about locating his new Mexican restaurant in the same location as Sioux City's former Green Gables.
"People have good memories of Green Gables because it was around 85 years," he said at his 1800 Pierce St. eatery. "Maybe, that will be a good sign for us."
Vazquez's Campestre Mexican Restaurant will be the centerpiece subject in the Wednesday Sioux City Journal food section.
In addition, Mexican restaurants are currently enjoying increased popularity, according to an April 2017 report by CHD North America, an organization that has collected, analyzed and managed food service and hospitality for more than 20 years.
"From small taquerias with a loyal customer base, to the chains with addicted millennial customers, our nation's Mexican restaurants are deep well of demand for businesses who want to sell more into this menu type," CHD Experts The Americas general manager Catherine Kearns said in a news release.
In April, there were more than 59,800 Mexican restaurants in the United States while Mexican restaurants represented around nine percent of all restaurants in the United States.
That means Mexican edged out pizzerias for the second most common, non-US menu type in the nation.
Geographically, Texas had the most Mexican restaurants. According to CHD Expert, approximately 18 percent of the Lone Star state featured a menu dominated with Mexican food.
New Mexico (14 percent); California (13 percent); Arizona (13 percent); and Colorado (12 percent) rounded out the top five states featuring the largest percentage of Mexican restaurants.