by Terry Rogers
Last week, La Hacienda opened its new Milford restaurant in the former Hometown Diner location. Carlos Estrada, co-owner of the restaurant, said that this was a soft opening with a ribbon cutting and Grand Opening planned for the near future.
“We are extremely excited and thankful for the warm reception since we opened after last week’s snowstorm,” Mr. Estrada said. “The turn out has been great. Our guests have been patient with us and they have given us constructive criticism.”
Response on social media has been positive for the restaurant whose Dover location is extremely popular.
“We got the dip sampler, which was two kinds of cheese, bean dip and guacamole,” Amanda Reynolds said. “Two baskets of chips and shared a large margarita. That was enough, and we were full for $15. Itwas really good.” Kaye Norenberg said that she and her family lived in Arizona for 25 years and that this was the best Mexican food they have had since being in Delaware. Tracy Dissinger said that their visit to the new location was excellent with “great food and a great server.” Glenn Larson said he had lunch at La Hacienda right after they opened and he plans to return for another visit.
Bob Czeizinger said that they stopped in right after the restaurant opened and the Margaritas were really good, the bartender was very friendly as well as the other staff they interacted with during their visit. “One of the things I judge first in a Mexican restaurant is the taste of the chips and salsa they serve,” Mr. Cziezinger said. “There is nothing worse than stale chips or chips that have been fried in old oil. LaHacienda’s chips passed the test plus I really loved the salsa. The tamale was the real deal, not some concoction you can get out of a can.”
Mr. Estrada said that the response to the new restaurant has been extremely positive. The restaurant has been extremely busy since their opening and guests have told him they are thrilled to have La Hacienda in town. Many of those who have visited also like the Dover location and were excited to get the same delicious food and drinks they enjoyed without having to travel to Dover.
“Guests love the food,” Mr. Estrada said. “We get compliments on the change in look from the previous business that was here. One of the items that we have had feedback on is that the LED lighting is bright. We are looking at different options to dim the lighting. Overall, our guests have been patient with us and they have given us constructive criticism.”
La Hacienda is family-owned and began as the dream of Mr. Estrada’s father. The Dover location opened in 2015 and gained a strong following quickly. The restaurant serves recipes adapted from his mother’s kitchen which he calls “comfort food.” Mr. Estrada attended the University of Delaware after graduating from high school, studying Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. He was trained by Mariott International and says he learned much about the industry while working for that company for ten years. He gained restaurant experience while working for Ruby Tuesday and Don Pablo.
Estrada says that there will be specials and a “special gift” for those who attend the Grand Opening. The restaurant is always looking for excellent team members. La Hacienda is open Monday through Friday from 11 AM until 10 PM, Friday and Saturday from 11 AM until 11 PM and on Sunday from 11 AM until 9 PM.
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