A new restaurant offering Mexican cuisine has made its way to Rapid City, the legacy of Guadalajara's has continued and business is doing well.
The restaurant opened in Watertown in 1995, in Aberdeen in 1997 and made its way to Spearfish in 2002. After 15 years, they finally found a home in Rapid City ... occupying the space of the old TGI Friday's and making this restaurant number 7. The owner says he's glad to bring this unique family affair to the place he now calls home.
Pepe Vega, says "We are authentic Mexican food, we have original recipes from our ancestors, my grandma and my mother, many generations and that's what makes a difference, we are authentic Mexican food. I respect the other Mexican restaurants in town but I know we are the only authentic Mexican food in town."
Guadalajara's is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the week, and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with the bar staying open until midnight.
Vega tells me there's more in store for Rapid City so we'll just have to wait and see what happens.
... and Gold Diggers Black Hills Gold has new ownership, who say they are making it a point to continue to manufacture the latest and greatest jewelry here in town.
Wheeler Manufacturing who specializes in jewelry has taken the business over and everything is made by hand.They sell gold on silver in rings, pendants, watches and other pieces of jewelry. Wheeler is introducing new styles and plan to have about 20 of them out this year. Wheeler says it's important to keep their customers coming back.
Lucas Wheeler, general manager of Gold Diggers, says "Being able to keep producing the top quality Black Hills Gold jewelry that Gold Diggers and Stampers have always made and just keep that quality up and be introducing new stuff to the area and to the Black Hills Gold line an just try to make it the best it can be."
Wheeler says that Gold Diggers is overall up on sales from last year and there are a few gift sales going on right now.