Mexican restaurant in Albion expects to reopen soon

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 January 2016 at 12:00 am

File photo by Tom Rivers – Miguel Jimenez stands outside El Gallo in this photo from July 2014. He opened the restaurant in downtown Albion during the Strawberry Festival the previous month.

ALBION – A Mexican restaurant in downtown Albion that abruptly closed around Thanksgiving expects to reopen soon.

Miguel Jimenez opened El Gallo, a Mexican restaurant, in downtown Albion in June 2014 during the Strawberry Festival.

Jimenez spent four months with the help of friends and family renovating a downtown building that had been closed for most of the past two decades. He gutted the building, put in a new kitchen, floors and many utilities. He painted the outside of the building, put on new signs and an awning.

His mother was hospitalized in November, Jimenez said on the El Gallo Facebook page.

“Our main concern has been her recovery,” according to the Facebook post. “Fortunately, she has been doing well and we hope to reopen within the next few weeks. We would like to once again, thank the community for your patience and understanding during this very difficult time.”