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Everyday Business | Tovars cooking up new restaurant in Entiat

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Oralia and Salvador Tobar
Oralia and Salvador Tobar, owners of Tacos Chava

Salvador and Oralia Tovar are bringing their Mexican recipes home.

The Tovars, owners of Tacos Chava in Wenatchee Valley Mall, are expanding into their hometown of Entiat with a new restaurant in a prominent location — the old Chevron station and former bakery next door to the Entiat Food Center. They’re aiming to have the place open by July 31.

“This is a good building for us,” said Salvador, who’s leading a crew of family members to completely renovate the structure. “The right size, lots of natural light, beautiful views of the Columbia River.”

The Tovar construction crew has stripped out the building’s interior down to the studs, removed a couple of walls, added five huge windows, rewired and re-plumbed the kitchen area and — in coming weeks — will add a new patio for outside dining.

The 70-seat Entiat location will employ around 3 to 4 workers, mostly family members or experienced employees transplanted from the East Wenatchee restaurant.

Otherwise, said the Tovars, a lot of what customers love at the East Wenatchee location will be duplicated in Entiat — quick service, hefty portions and decent prices. Some of the East Wenatchee decor will be copied, too. Bright colors, Mexican posters, maps and other decor items.

The Tovars’ varied menu of tacos, lecheros, enchiladas, tortas and loads of other good stuff will travel north, too. Most of their food, including salsas and sauces, is prepared from scratch using recipes from the Tobars' home region of Aguascalientes, located in the center of Mexico northeast of Guadalajara.

Best of all, the new Entiat location will include Tacos Chava’s condiment bar. Many loyal customers have come to think of the restaurant’s $1.25 tacos as simple delivery devices for the freshly-prepared condiments — such as spicy pico de gallo, creamy guacamole sauce and grilled onions in mild chili sauce. Yummy.

Also, two fine additions to the menu: Beer and wine.

Entiat residents since 1986, Salvador said he and wife Oralia have come to love the town. “It’s why we decided to invest in a building right downtown,” he said. “We feel good about the place. We can feel it’s going to work for us.”