Restaurant settles into new location
Ricardo “Rich” Ruesga calls it like he sees it, and he likes what he sees.
“We are in the heart of Quincy,” he said referring to the new location of his restaurant, Rich Tacos, in the small building formerly occupied by the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce. “We love it.”
Ruesga made the move after almost four years at his old location, next to the Chevron gas station at 703 S. Central Ave., Quincy.
“We were paying too much rent,” he said, adding that the former location could seat 11 people. The new place can seat more than that with the outside tables alone.
When he heard that the old chamber building would be up for auction by the city of Quincy, Ruesga went for it, thinking the list of bidders would be long.
Two people bid, and Ruesga was one of them. Then the other bidder backed out. It was going to be Ruesga or Ruesga. And still it almost wasn’t.
In addition to struggling to come up with a figure for the closing costs, the business had several electrical issues, which sometimes exasperated Ruesga.
“You turned something on and something else turned off,” Ruesga said. “I was like, ‘Oh, come on.’ I don’t know how the chamber managed.”
Ruesga turned in the bid a handful of seconds prior to the deadline on a used, discarded envelope. What followed was a series of prayers to Ruesga’s late dad, Miguel, whose longtime dream had been to open a taco place.
Prayers answered, the restaurant opened Sept. 22, on what would have been the senior Ruesga’s birthday. Still, all the delays added up to an opening date three months later than what Ruesga and his sister, Felicitas Quintero, would have liked.
The new place not only has more room for customers, Felicitas said, but it has more parking. The new place’s kitchen is smaller but more organized.
“Now we don’t feel like it’s a hole in the wall,” Rich said.
They say what sets their taco place apart is that the food is made on the spot, with local produce. Quality is important for the Ruesga siblings. They only serve food they themselves would eat.
“If I am not going to eat it, I’m not going to feed it to you,” Rich said, quoting something Felicitas says to him.
So far, the customers seem to have followed the siblings to their new spot, now with Quincy High School colors.
“We are thankful people have responded so well,” Rich said.
Some have tied Ruesga’s getting the bid to his support of Mayor Paul Worley during the election in 2017, but Ruesga insists Worley was not involved.
“We have had several people say that, but no, this was legit,” Rich said, “no favoritism whatsoever.”
Rich Tacos is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org