LANCASTER – Jose Manriquez has dreamed of opening his own restaurant since he was a little boy. His dream became a reality Tuesday when “1800: Simply the best burritos and tacos” officially opened for business on The BLVD.
“I’m really excited,” said Manriquez. “I’ve been working with food for the last 25 years, so this is a very big deal for me.”
City officials joined Manriquez Tuesday in celebrating the restaurant’s grand opening. The new eatery offers healthy Mexican-American cuisine at reasonable prices, with all menu items prepared daily.
“We use no preservatives, no lard, no canned food, nothing; everything is made from scratch,” said Manriquez. “We have to get here really early to get everything ready by 8 o’clock in the morning for breakfast.”
The eatery also features unique salsa that is made fresh on site, utilizing special seasoning from family recipes passed down through generations, according to Manriquez.
“It is spicy, but once blended with food, it is just the perfect balance between taste and spice,” said Manriquez. “One bite and you will be addicted.”
Owned and operated by Manriquez, 1800 was established by InSite Development with assistance from the City’s Commercial Property Improvement Program (CPIP).
“The CPIP has helped give entrepreneurs the tools necessary to achieve their goals of turning ideas into real business, while at the same time helping us enhance the newly revitalized BLVD,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris.
“1800 on The Blvd is another great piece to the puzzle,” said Scott Ehrlich, principal of InSite Development. “Simply put, 1800 will be an eating destination for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night munchies.”
1800 is located at 649 West Lancaster Blvd. Restaurant hours are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., except weekends, when the eatery is open until midnight.
To-go orders can be placed by phone at 661-951-8226 or by fax at 661-951-8221.
Jose Manriquez is now the second member of his family to own a restaurant on The BLVD.
His brother Atanacio “Tacho” Manriquez owns the Brooklyn Deli right down the street at 730 W. Lancaster Blvd.