by Terry Rogers
Caesar Estrada, co-owner of La Hacienda, is excited about the new location under construction in downtown Milford. The current La Hacienda location, which is in the Milford Village Shopping Center, opened in 2018 and has been very successful.
“Our lease will be up at the end of the year,” Estrada, who owns the business with his brother, Carlos, said. “We really enjoyed being in Milford and, when we learned that Georgia House was closing and the building was for sale, we felt this was a great way to put down permanent roots here. We knew we wanted to remain in Milford, and this was the perfect way to do that.”
Currently, the downtown location is begin remodeled in order to create a layout that works for the type of food served at La Hacienda. The restaurant serves American-style Tex-Mex dishes based on recipes created by the brothers’ father who brought them from his native Mexico City. Some of the dishes are those developed by their mother as well, using cooking methods she learned in her native Michoacan.
“We are adding a bar that will be upstairs for the time being,” Estrada said. “We just want to get the building completed so we can open so, for now, we will have the bar upstairs. Eventually, we plan to also have a bar downstairs to make it more accessible. Once we have the bar downstairs open, we will use the upstairs for overflow and for private parties.
La Hacienda was initially the dream of the Estrada brother’s father. It is known for fresh, made-from-scratch Mexican dishes as well as their very popular margaritas. When the first Milford location opened, the Estrada brothers felt that the town needed a new gathering place with a bit of a flair and that the town offered a growing economic base. Estrada stated that the current climate with the restrictions due to COVID-19 have been challenging but they still feel the move downtown is the right decision.
“We are hoping to be open by the end of September or early October,” Estrada said. “However, our lease at the current location is not up until the end of the year and we don’t want to try to operate two restaurants at one time as we know we won’t be able to put full attention on both. As soon as our lease is up, we will close the shopping center location and only have the downtown location. We are very excited to open and continue providing the people of Milford with the delicious foods they have come to expect.”