How many times have you driven down a street, noticed a name on a building and wondered what kind of enterprise is in that building? Well I have, and I finally got to see what was in the Mañana (means “tomorrow”) Restaurant located at 828 East 7th Street. The restaurant has been there for five years and has acquired a great reputation for their good food.
It is a family-run restaurant that started with Rosario Diaz 25 years ago when she began making making pupusas from her home. Morice Páiz, her son, is now the owner of their two restaurants, the other located in Shakopee. Morice is also looking to expand into the downtown Minneapolis area to serve their customers who come from Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Minneapolis and of course, Wisconsin and Chicago.
The restaurant built its reputation by word of mouth and from articles in City Pages, on the radio, and in Spanish language publications. Morice indicated that when 3M closed it did not affect the restaurant but the recent recession did.
Because of the economy he had to let some staff go and now relies on family members to help out, but he still wants to create jobs for local residents.
Editor’s note: And what, you might ask, is a pupusa? It seems that Salvadorans and Hondurans vie over who makes the best pupusas. Whatever the fine points of difference between them may be, a pupusa generally consists of a thick, made-to-order tortilla filled with a variety of flavorful concoctions that are rolled up inside the raw dough. They are flattened out and grilled on a “comal” or griddle, then served hot with a spicy cabbage salad and hot sauce. If you’ve only tried tacos and burritos, you’ll find that once you’ve had a pupusa, you’ll never want to go back. Muy delicioso!
Morice and the family are from El Salvador and he is a graduate of Arizona State University. He initially moved to Arizona because of his daughter’s asthma. His daughter Lyla was born here in Minnesota but due to her health, Morice and his wife Candice had to move. They returned when Lyla “outgrew” her asthma problem so they could help with the restaurant.
The food is home made and Hispanic customers often say that it reminds them of home. Morice says, “If I have competition, that makes me want to do better and fulfill the needs of the customer . . . and I want to be a little different too.”
The Mañana restaurant is open seven days a week. Breakfast is served from 8:00 to 11:00 am, lunch from 12:00 to 6:00 pm and dinner from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, the restaurant also serves a variety of soups. They have great carry-out too! For more information, call 651-793-8482.