City OKs Los Ranchos relocation

Posted 11/19/19

The Madisonville City Council approved plans to move Mexican restaurant Los Ranchos to a new location on Main Street, provided the plans include a turning lane or other form to alleviate possible traffic woes in the new area.

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City OKs Los Ranchos relocation

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The Madisonville City Council approved plans to move Mexican restaurant Los Ranchos to a new location on Main Street, provided the plans include a turning lane or other form to alleviate possible traffic woes in the new area.

Council gave the go-ahead Nov. 12, meeting on a Tuesday evening because of the Veterans Day holiday the day before. Los Ranchos owner Emilio Estrada and contractor Eder Magallanes of Fort Worth-based ER Roofing and Construction.

Los Ranchos, currently in a strip center with other restaurants and Walmart at 1610 E. Main St., plans to move the eatery a half mile to 1201 E. Main St. A house on that property would be moved to the back of the lot, while the street-facing side of the property would contain the new construction and parking.

The lot neighbors the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, right where Main narrows from four lanes to two when traveling southwest.

The lane reduction at that spot gave some council members pause when regarding the request.

“The biggest concern is traffic in and out,” said Mayor Pro Tem Russell Bailey. “Provided you make a modification (to the plans) for a turning lane or something, I don’t see why we should approve this.”

The Los Ranchos request was the only action item on the Nov. 12 agenda, but council members also heard a report from Kevin Story, director of public works, about a collection of grease behind a strip of restaurants along Highway 21 east of Interstate 45.

“There was enough grease (behind the buildings) you could walk across it,” Story said. Story told the council that city workers couldn’t identify the culprit, as Shipley Do-Nuts, Mallett Brothers Barbecue and Subway occupy the space.

“If we could take a DNA sample and test the grease, we’d have a suspect,” he joked.

City Manager Camilla Viator explained that Story has talked with the operators and told them they need to clean grease traps more often.

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