Wisconsin State Journal
Samara Kalk Derby
Jose Mata calls his fiancée an excellent cook who has long wanted to open her own restaurant.
Sandra Alamilla Lopez confirms both things, and says she’s able to open Blue Agave in the former Bayou space at 117 S. Butler St., because she’ll have Mata, with his lifetime of restaurant experience, as her general manager.
They are shooting for a late November opening.
“We’re going to try new dishes, new flavors,” Lopez said. “We want to be different from other places.”
Blue Agave’s menu will offer authentic Mexican dishes, but also American and Tex-Mex. “It’s homemade food that we want to do the most,” she said.
Lopez will make the salsas daily. She’ll do some of the cooking and will train the chefs, but will also keep her job at MG&E where she does payroll and works in energy operations administration. She’s been at the company six years.
When she first came to the U.S. from Mexico City at age 25, she worked as a waitress for almost three years. That’s when she discovered that she’d like to have a Mexican restaurant one day, with her “own flavor.”
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