East-Side Mi Pueblo Closed, Replaced by… Mexican Restaurant


Adrian Ortega opened the original Mi Pueblo Taqueria on the west side of Cleveland in 1995. He followed that up three years later with Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant on the east side town, to accommodate the growing demand for the cuisine. After 16 years in business, that restaurant has closed. The location, next to the recently opened Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern, already has a new tenant — and it’s a Mexican restaurant.

Piñatas Mexican Restaurant and Cantina (11611 Euclid Ave., 216-721-9599) opened earlier this week after a modest interior makeover. The restaurant is run by Rafael Alarcon, the man behind Si Señor Mexican restaurants in Westlake, Seven Hills and Kamm’s Corners. Like those restaurants, Piñatas offers are large menu crammed with all sorts of Mex and Tex-Mex dishes like nachos, flautas, quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, combination plates — all served with rice and refried beans.

If you try it, let us know what you think.