Marketplace: Home-made Mexican now in Kamas
July 29, 2011
A new Mexican restaurant in Kamas has stayed busy since opening on July 4 and is building a local clientele already.
Los Montes at 185 South Main Street has taken over the space vacated by Pasillas Restaurant. It is owned by mother and son team Cayetana and Simon Montes.
The chef is Simon’s uncle Eduardo from Denver with extensive restaurant experience. Cayetana runs the kitchen and Simon runs the front. A total of six family members work at the restaurant.
Simon said opening a restaurant has always been his mother’s dream.
"We want you to feel like you are sitting at the table of our home delighting in the food that we love and enjoying the hospitality of our family," he said.
After looking at several locations the Montes settled in the strip mall because of its location on Kamas’ Main Street and at the intersection with S.R. 248.
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"Kamas is quaint, inviting and the people are kind and down-to-earth," he said. "We felt the atmosphere of our restaurant would fit perfectly into the community."
Los Montes serves traditional Mexican food from the heart of Chihuahua province. The family has been in the U.S. since 1995 and are now citizens, but flavors of Mexico are still "in our hearts and minds," Simon said.
"We wanted to be able to bring a little bit of that spice to Summit County," he added. "The food is authentic no Tex Mex here."
The goal is to recreate the experience of sitting down at a restaurant in Mexico.
"Our mole will rock your world," Simon said.
On weekends the restaurant also serves the traditional Mexican dish menudo made from beef tripe.
So far, the chile relleno, carne asada burrito and pork-smothered burrito have been the most popular items. For those wanting lighter faire, the shrimp and avocado salad has been popular, he said.
Word-of-mouth advertising has kept Los Montes busy since opening often with repeat customers. Some have come in at least five times a week, Simon said. The business is family-owned, family-run and family-friendly.
Diners like that they can bring their kids and feel comfortable coming as they are, he said.
The first month has been a lot of hard work, but Simon said they are living the American dream. Working together has drawn the family closer and it’s enjoyable to channel their passion into giving people an enjoyable experience.
Los Montes is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. An alcohol license is pending, and the restaurant hopes to serve wine and beer hopefully a selection of Mexican beers soon.
Los Montes Restaurant
185 South Main Street, Kamas