Cafe Ena and other Mexican restaurants helping communities south of the border.
According to the Twin Cities Daily Planet, Kingfield restaurant Cafe Ena and its fellow members of the Mexican Restaurant Association of Minnesota (MERA-MN) are spending this winter giving back to the country that nurtured their cuisine. Dismayed by the poverty and lack of economic opportunity in his home state of Morelos, just south of Mexico City, MERA-MN Vice President Lorenzo Ariza is mobilizing local Mexican restaurants to help create economic development programs in Mexico. First step, the Planet reports, is helping farmers in Mexico and Mexican farmers in Minnesota form co-ops to help create reliable markets in Minnesota for farmers in Morelos. Read more in the Daily Planet.
Chef blamed disputes with landlord.
Long a familiar and delicious presence on the 3400 block of Lyndale Avenue South, the El Meson Bistro unexpectedly closed its doors on Tuesday morning. "I write this with a heavy heart. Sadly, we have made the very difficult decsion to close our doors at El Meson," read a note posted on the restaurant's website. "We appreciate all of your support over the years and hope to see you at Cafe Ena." Follow us on Facebook | Sign up for our free email newsletter Chef Hector Ruiz and restauranteur Erin Ungerman bought the CARAG staple in 2003, and were routinely praised by local foodies for their Spanish- and Carribean-influenced food. In an interview with Patch, Ruiz said the move was a "business decision," but would not impact either couple's …