Cielito Lindo, which was ravaged by fire in April 2014, is scheduled to reopen its doors in the next week.
The building sustained approximately $100,000 in damage, per the Sac Bee's Chris Macias in May 2014, and the owner suspected at the time that the fire was intentionally set. At that time, he expected the rebuilding process would take six months, but as usual, it took longer than estimated.
Sac News & Review's Janelle Bitker has more on the reopening:
Now, Alarcon plans to reopen Cielito Lindo (3672 J Street) the first week of May: May 7 or 12, he wrote to SN&R with the help of a translator. The bold, complex flavors and upscale flair will remain, but regular customers can look forward to some big changes as well.
“The seating area will be much larger,” Alarcon said. “We’re adding two rooms and changing the colors. Everything is new and right now it is very pretty.”
The change in the interior design of the restaurant is notable because the Sac Bee's then restaurant critic criticized the drab building while praising the cuisine.
The restaurant originally opened in October 2013.
Cielito Lindo can be found at 3672 J Street, or online at http://cielitolindomexicangastronomy.com/.
* Updated headline to make it more accrurate at 8 a.m. on 5/5.
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