Cuco’s Kitchen making a comeback

cucosALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A familiar name in Albuquerque Mexican food is returning to the scene.

Cuco’s Kitchen — a small local chain that closed several years ago — plans to reopen this fall. Owners Isela and Cuco Tapia currently are putting the finishing touches on their new space at 10660 Unser NW and expect to be serving their carnitas, carne asada, tortas and other Mexican dishes by next month.

Isela Tapia said Cuco’s started in 1994 and grew into a seven-location chain with restaurants throughout Albuquerque and even into Greeley, Colo. But she said family issues led to the business’ closure in 2007.

They hope to start fresh with the West Side shop — located within Peterson Properties’ McMahon Marketplace retail center at Unser and McMahon — and gradually rebuild the chain. She said former customers have expressed their enthusiasm, with many stopping by to chart progress on the new spot.

“One guy came by and said ‘I hear you’re coming back. Is it going to be the same carne asada?'” Tapia said with a laugh. “It’s going to be the same.”

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