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A Bite of Mexico Restaurant & Tequila Bar is now open at 11220 West Lincoln Highway in Mokena. Owned and operated by a family with roots in the Central Mexican state of Salamanca, the restaurant is officially opening its doors to area residents during its Grand Opening Week from April 1 through April 7. Guests will be treated to “Mystery Gifts” valued from $15 to $50 toward food and drink, and spot prize awards for diners (winning tickets will be affixed to chairs and booth tables), and one lucky patron will win a $250 voucher redeemable for food and premium drinks! 

The restaurant features modern takes on culinary options from across Mexico’s diverse states and offers a selection of tequilas, including blancos, jovens, reposados, añejos and extra añejos. Mixologist Aleks Sierakowski, who curates the tequila and spirits, creates the seasonal menu of craft cocktails. 

The restaurant was founded by area businessman Rick Barba and Chef Ron Torres II, who’s operated a catering and homemade salsa business from his New Lenox home since 2020. 

Chef Ron has developed a menu inspired by his culinary curiosity. Every item, including the tortillas and chips, is made from scratch daily. 

“The kitchen is my happy place,” says Chef Ron. “I enjoy re-creating the recipes that I enjoyed as a child, as well as developing new takes on traditional Mexican cuisine. I’m passionate about finding the perfect blend of flavors, including those in my signature 30-ingredient mole sauce!” 

Many of the menu items were passed on by family members who prepared feasts for gatherings large and small. From Aunt Caroline’s crispy fried tacos (Tacos Dorados) to Aunt Jenny’s slow-roasted Pork & Pepper, the menu mirrors the family’s food-centric legacy of slow-cooked meals and sauces made with fresh ingredients. 

“We’re excited to open a place where we can gather with friends old and new,” says Co-founder Barba. “It’s a passion project that’s near and dear to our hearts, as the menu features many of the dishes we’ve grown up on. As you might guess, Chef Ron was always in the kitchen cooking with our aunts – and I was always ready to do the sampling!” 


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