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Mexican restaurant to open in former Cabana Charley’s site

Francisco Morales stands at the front of Los Panchos, a new Mexican restaurant that plans to open next month at 1470 S. Peace Road in Sycamore, the former location of Cabana Charley's. Morales is remodeling the space using arches and rock features like in his hometown of Michoacan in Mexico.
Francisco Morales stands at the front of Los Panchos, a new Mexican restaurant that plans to open next month at 1470 S. Peace Road in Sycamore, the former location of Cabana Charley's. Morales is remodeling the space using arches and rock features like in his hometown of Michoacan in Mexico.

SYCAMORE – A Quad Cities couple looking to start a Mexican restaurant at the space formerly occupied by Cabana Charley’s said the business could be open as soon as August.

Francisco and Lesly Morales have big plans for their family- owned Mexican restaurant, Los Panchos, which is set to open in the 1470 S. Peace Road lot next month.

“Their eyes are wide open and they’re excited about having their own place, and we are, too,” Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy said. “We hope they do well there.”

Cabana Charley’s closed in September 2015. Derick Ibarra opened Charley’s Video Gaming a few months before the restaurant closed in a 1,200-square-foot space adjacent to the restaurant. It has five gambling machines. 

Los Panchos’ Class A liquor license was approved June 29, Mundy said. Though the Mexican restaurant will take up most of the building, Charley’s Video Gaming will remain open as an autonomous business in the lot next door.

Los Panchos will offer a lunch menu that includes 11 $6.65 specials comprised of combinations of burritos, enchiladas, rice, quesadillas and tamales. The restaurant also will be open for breakfast and dinner.

“We have a really good menu – a lot of items on the menu,” Francisco Morales said. “It’s more from the south, southern Mexican food.”

Although Morales said the building is currently is undergoing some indoor remodeling, the business has not submitted an application to Sycamore’s building and engineering department, Director John Sauter said.

The space has been updated to include a new bar and stone wall. With the moving process underway, the restaurant is expected to be open the first week of August, Morales said.

Although the Moraleses have never owned a restaurant, both have years of restaurant experience and have served the industry in a number of capacities, he said. Now it’s time for the couple to make something of their own, and share it with the rest of town.

“I worked for six or seven years,” Morales said. “We just decided to go on our own.”

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