New, locally-owned Mexican restaurant now open in former burger eatery

On the menu: "Molcajete Jalisco" from the soon-to-open Mi Lindo Jalisco Mexican restaurant in Washington Twp.
On the menu: "Molcajete Jalisco" from the soon-to-open Mi Lindo Jalisco Mexican restaurant in Washington Twp.

Mi Lindo Jalisco is now open in Washington Twp. in the space that previously housed EO Burgers and Ollie’s Place

A new Mexican restaurant with a passionate team behind it opened on Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp. on April 2.

Mi Lindo Jalisco’s co-founders say their restaurant has an extensive food and drink menu, incorporating recipes all the co-owners have personalized and tweaked over their combined years in the restaurant industry.

The restaurant is working as fast as it can to secure its liquor license, said one of Mi Lindo Jalisco’s co-owners Emmanuel Castro.

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The space at 520 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (State Route 725) in the same retail center that houses Hauer Music was formerly occupied by EO Burgers after its move from the Greene Town Center. The burger restaurant shut down in October 2020, about three months after it opened following a relocation from The Greene Town Center.

Mi Lindo Jalisco is co-owned by three friends and business partners: Castro, Jose J. Lozano and Jose Luis Wicho. The three have talked about opening their own restaurant for years.

“I’ve been working in different Mexican restaurants in the area since 2005, starting washing dishes, cooking, serving, etc.,” Castro said. “I met Jose a few years ago at El Toro when we worked together, and we became good friends. One day we started talking about having our business since pretty much all the people involved in the project loved the restaurant business.”

Once they have a liquor license, Mi Lindo Jalisco’s menu will offer many flavors of margaritas, including passion fruit and kiwi, in addition to specialty, house-created flavors like Rosa Negra Margarita and the Tuna Margarita — Desert Prickly pear syrup, Tequila reposado, Margarita Mix and freshly squeezed lime juice.

Desserts such as fried ice cream, Sopapillas, Mexican churros and lava cake are also served.

The founders of Mi Lindo Jalisco say they have been excited and ready to launch their own restaurant for more than a year. It was just a matter of finding a location that felt right.

“Finally, we found the right location and also, the perfect area,” Castro said. “Which I love because I have been living in the area for almost 14 years.”