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All's well ... Tacos Chava has reopened

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Now 2013 can officially begin. Spring can officially bloom. And our hopes and dreams of a life with creamy guacamole sauce can officially come true.

Tacos Chava has reopened.

The Wenatchee Valley Mall’s yummy Mexican restaurant — one of the Wenatchee Valley’s best kept secrets — reopened Tuesday after being closed for two solid months. It relocated in the mall to make way for Spencers, a gift store of weird and wonderful stuff (more about that in coming weeks).

Tacos Chava owners Salvador and Oralia Tobar say the new spot is even better than the old one. It’s on an entryway corner near Sears, so the restaurant is much more visible to strolling shoppers. It’s also completely redesigned with a more open and inviting entrance, brighter colors and, coming soon, sidewalk-cafe-style tables just outside the eatery.

Thankfully, the menu’s basically the same. Handmade enchiladas, perfectly seasoned lecheros, stacked-high tortas along with burritos and tacos and … well, you get the picture. Much of the food, including salsas and sauces, are prepared from scratch using recipes from the Tobars' home region of Aguascalientes, located in the center of Mexico northeast of Guadalajara.

“It’s the seasonings that makes our food different,” said Salvador. “All from Mexico and used with just the right touch.”

A couple of new dishes may make it onto the menu in coming weeks, said Salvador. A few nacho platters are in the works, as is a shrimp cocktail that’s reminiscent of those back in Mexico, he said.

Wait a minute, there’s one more thing that separates Tacos Chava from the myriad of Mexican restaurants in the Wenatchee Valley. “We love making what we serve,” smiled Salvador. “It’s fun to make good food.”

Details: Tacos Chava, in the Wenatchee Valley Mall, 511 Valley Mall Parkway. Phone: 886-5838. A grand opening — starting at 10 a.m. Friday (March 1) — will feature $1 tacos all day. Try the pork, then top it with grilled onions, creamy guacamole sauce and pico de gallo from the salsa bar.