Guadalupe Flores Calderon and her business partner Yuma Gonzalez Gonzalez have seen their enterprise double in size since opening in June, Calderon said last week, and the place does not even have an outdoor sign or full menu.
Their Mexican store and deli has a name, La Vencedora, and most people are drawn into the stark-looking building by the smell of her cooking, Calderon said, or on the advice of satisfied customers.
The building’s previous tenants, a Quizno’s fast food chain and a restaurant called Wiggles and Wok, perhaps never did so well in the short time they spent near the intersection of State Highway 3 and 2nd Street* West, adjacent to the Quarterback Club, before closing. Calderon said she has had relatively few overhead costs so far. *I corrected this street address 12/10 4:30 p.m.
She said she opened the business with a few shelves of staple goods. She cooked some meals for her customers to order. Now, the bright interior of the store is crammed with everything a person would need to prepare a traditional Central American meal, including limes, cactus, avocado, fresh baked goods and a wide selection of fresh meats. She still does not have a menu posted, but her partner and their three employees prepare fish, chicken, pork and beef dishes including tacos, sopes and enchiladas for customers every day.
Calderon, of Eagan, keeps the business open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. She has three young daughters, Claudia 16, Brenda 14 and Diana, 7 who sometimes visit the store. She said she is hopeful her business would continue to grow as more of her customers spread the word about what they found at La Vencedora.