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Mexican Restaurant Opens New Location in Erlanger

A new Mexican restaurant location opened in Erlanger.

El Nopal opened its second Northern Kentucky location at 3218 Dixie Highway and also operates in Florence, as well as the Louisville area. 

The new location was previously home to Salvadore's restaurant.

El Nopal is known for its dips, fajitas, chimichangas, and other classic Mexican dishes. It is owned by Enrique Roman and Javier Castro.

Erlanger city officials joined the team for a ribbon-cutting on Monday morning.

"We just love the location and the city has been so welcoming and helpful," said Castro, El Nopal's general manager. "Once we heard that the previous owner was selling, we knew we wanted that site to be our new location." 

Erlanger Director of Economic Development Emi Randall agreed that the Erlanger's Dixie Highway corridor is a "great location for businesses in Northern Kentucky". 

"Dixie Highway's close proximity to both residential populations and daytime workers makes it a wonderful location for businesses to grow and succeed," Randall said. "El Nopal will thrive in Erlanger because of its location and its tremendous food and service." 

Most of the El Nopal restaurants and located in Louisville and southern Indiana, but after opening a location in Florence a few years ago, Castro said the company wanted to find another Northern Kentucky location. Erlanger emerged as the perfect site. 

"We just love this community, and working with Erlanger has been fantastic," Castro said. "The city does whatever it can to help businesses succeed." 

Business attraction, retention, satisfaction and success are major priorities for Erlanger city officials.  

"We have a close-knit business community here in Erlanger, where business owners know each other and share information," Randall said. "The City also pro-actively supports businesses with a number of grant and incentive programs." 

Mayor Jessica Fette said the city works as hard to attract small businesses as it does major employers. 

"Small businesses are the backbone of any community," Mayor Fette said. "We welcome Enrique, Javier and his entire team at El Nopal to the City of Erlanger and we are thrilled he chose our city for the company's newest Northern Kentucky location." 

-Staff report

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