Following months of planning and construction since purchasing the property of its new storefront in May, Pedro’s Grill and Cantina is set to open its new location at 7 Eighth St., Cloquet, on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m.
The Mexican restaurant’s previous location at 915 Cloquet Ave. marked its final day of service on Tuesday, Oct. 5.
Owner of the restaurant, Erika Aranda, cited a desire to own the restaurant property rather than renting, which prompted the purchase back in May. Since then, the staff has been hard at work preparing for the grand opening.
Manager Pedro Aranda Jr. said the benefits of owning the property were too great to ignore.
“The big decision was renting versus owning the building,” said Aranda Jr. “That was for sure a big influence. And the fact that the work that had to be done in that building to be on par ... with a building like this was also another thing.”
Aranda Jr. is eager to provide a more comfortable working environment at the new location, which he said will greatly benefit the staff.
“Everything in here is brand new. Everything is working. In that old building we didn’t even have A/C or heat,” said Aranda Jr. “So, I mean, this is a big jump for us servers and even our kitchen staff which they’re most excited about. I’m most excited for them, because they’ll have a better working environment.”
Patrons have the option to dine outside with seating available near the fireplace on the outside patio. Inside, customers can sit down at the brand new bar, in addition to two spacious areas with table and booth seating.
Walls inside of the restaurant are filled with unique Mexican cultural flare that adds a brightness to the restaurant.
Pedro’s Grill and Cantina will maintain the same hours as its previous location, with the restaurant open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Menu items will also remain the same, but Aranda Jr. anticipates that some new items and specials could be added in the future.
“There will be a few more items coming into the new menu that we added and a few other things ... We’re going to try and do a few weekly specials,,” Aranda Jr. said.
One unique addition that Aranda Jr. is excited about is a Mexican cultural staple.
“I’ll say one thing, we’re going to be doing some scorpion shots. That will be cool. It’s a very Mexican thing,” said Aranda Jr. “At the bottom of tequila bottles there’s always a scorpion down in Mexico. Not always, but it’s a very cultural thing. So we’re going to be doing some scorpion shots for the people here.”
This story originally listed an incorrect owner of the establishment. It was posted at 9:52 a.m. on Oct. 6. It was updated at 9:16 a.m. on Oct. 11. The Pine Journal regrets the error.