Mexican restaurants coming and going in Nevada City

A new Mexican restaurant is planned for upper Broad Street in Nevada City where Las Katarinas was once located — and at the same time council member Reinette Senum said she is selling her Los Mineros restaurant on lower Commercial Street.

“I have come to understand that I am an activist at heart and that is what I must follow,” Reinette wrote on her Facebook page. “So I am selling Los Mineros, and we will be closing our doors this Friday night. … As many of you have seen, I am working on average 80-90 hours per week….and though I am a worker bee, this does not allow me the time to dedicate to my community at the level I like.”

We will miss Los Mineros’ Mexican food, which was authentic and reasonable, adding to the variety on Commercial Street — from Three Forks to Matteos to Ike’s and others.

“Los Mineros is being sold to two wonderful families, but they will be starting a different restaurant,” Reinette said, adding, “Business has never been so brisk in this location.”

Reinette concluded: “I’m proud to say we have served over $4,000 worth of Gratitude Bowls for anyone who walked through our doors hungry. We also made it a point to fill Commercial Street with beautiful music and pay our weekly musicians well.”

Sources said the new restaurant on Commercial Ave. is expected to also focus on ethnic cuisine — but not Mexican. It could open in about a month.

Meanwhile, on Broad Street, a new Mexican restaurant is planned for the former Las Katarinas location.

The owner is an established Mexican cuisine restaurateur in the area. The new restaurant could open in a month or two — assuming all goes smoothly.

Mi Pueblo Taqueria is continuing to operate on Union Street in the historic downtown.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

23 thoughts on “Mexican restaurants coming and going in Nevada City”

  1. And the “original” Katarinas is now located in Alta Sierra:at 10100 Alta Sierra Drive, Grass Valley (at the junction with 49). We haven’t eaten there yet, so we can’t review it.

      1. Thank you, Annie. Jane and I used to eat there all the time when they were on Broad Street in Nevada City, and we loved it. We’ll try it soon (we’re actually only minutes from them now in their new location)

  2. In Nevada County Peeps, a police officer is stirring the pot with the comment: “Hard to stay in business with no support. . . . See ya’ won’t be missed” He is referring to Reinette’s comments about the Dallas shooting. One police association called for a boycott of Reinette’s restaurant. Someone else pointed out: “Pretty sure business was real good, especially after the boycott business got better.” Another said: “The food was very good. Much more than ‘standard fare’. Sad to see it close.” And another said: “She had plenty of support; you just wish she didn’t.”

    Then the police officer writes: ” serve the public everyday for work. Thanks for not knowing what you’re talking about.” That’s cool; I guess Facebook posts at 10:30 a.m. are part of the routine.

  3. I hear there is a great new ramen place in GV!
    This ramen isn’t like the kind you get at the grocery store, it’s the real deal.
    I always thought a noodle house would do well in these parts.

      1. Judging from some of their comments, scum of the earth/bottom of the barrel is a more apt description.

  4. I think “Ralph Underglass” is the biggest a*hole of the bunch on Todd’s blog: “For all we know the Worm Farm Taco Stuffer is selling the dive to some rich out of towners with money to burn and the Taco Stuffer is laughing all the way to the bank. Maybe she made a killing. So many Chinese lanterns to hang, so little time.” Come on Ralph, sign your real name. You coward.

    1. And “fish,” the lonely flatlander posing as a local doesn’t understand that it’s “Sierra,” not “Sierras.” What a dunce!

  5. I wish Reinette much success. Working 80 – 90 hours a week isn’t easy and I grew up wit the notion that those who work hard should succeed. It’s great she built that business to be successful so why shouldn’t she reap her reward? I thought that was the American way.

  6. Katarina’s is one of my favorites – right here in Alta Sierra! Yesterday I saw a sign in the Freeman shopping center for a new restaurant called Mayas Authentic Mexican Food – I have no idea what to expect there! I didn’t get to Los Mineros – oh well, guess I lose out.

  7. This is the latest post from Reinette on her Facebook page:

    “First of all, I would like to thank everyone who has walked through my Los Mineros doors in the last few days in response to my announcement. I have been listening to everyone, my employees, family, and friends and have heard nothing but wonderful support in me going my way — but I have also heard overwhelming dismay in losing Los Mineros, its food, the space, etc., and the employees losing their jobs. I wasn’t expecting to be so overwhelmed by this and I am taking this to heart. So, I have been working furiously to try and reduce the impact; keep my employees employed, and provide the same Los Mineros menu to my customers…. and I can’t go into more details than this. I know this is a bit vague, but this will be only for a matter of a few more days…. until I can announce what is happening with Los Mineros. So, my staff and I talked Friday and we have agreed to keep the Los Mineros doors open AS USUAL as we transition into a different ownership. We are going to roll like we do and I am hoping to fill everyone in this coming week.”

  8. After sampling the falafel at the farmer’s market this morning, this crew get my vote for a new foodie place in town.
    I make a pretty good falafel myself since I worked at an art fair stand in college, and I learned from a Syrian person so I’m pretty picky.
    We need this falafel place in Los Mineros if there is to be a new cuisine there.
    Aside from the health benefits of this dish, it adds a bit of interest to the local fare for our vegetarian friends.
    The king of falafel is in San Jose at the 40+ year-old “Falafel Drive-In”, on west San Carlos.
    But these young folks at the NC farmer’s market have it down and it’s the best I have had in this area!

    1. Jane and I ran into a random lady at the grower’s market a few weeks ago who had the same thing to say about that falafel. Jane tried it and loved it too.

    1. I suspect it will wind up at LM somehow. Details still vague about how LM will continue. It’s a good place for a Middle Eastern bistro.

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