Tequila Town Brings Authentic Mexican to Newly Remodeled Crystal Space
In the Twin Cities, there’s no shortage of places to get delicious Mexican food — but there’s only one Tequila Town.
“We want to make Tequila Town a big brand in Minnesota, and maybe all the United States, you know?” said Fabian Morales Blanco, who opened the new restaurant in Crystal with his brother, Moises, as a way to honor their mom, who died from COVID-19.
“We wanted to get together and let my mom know that we can work together and make something successful, you know,” Morales Blanco said.
His mom taught him how to cook, and he’s brought that knowledge to the menu at Tequila Town.
“She taught me the when you’re going to cook something you had to put love in the food,” Morales Blanco said. “You just don’t cook because you want to prepare it. You want to make every little dish with love.”
That love is not only for the customers, but for his hometown in Jalisco, Mexico.
A Taste of Jalisco in Crystal
Tequila Town bears little resemblance to its predecessor, El Loro. Morales Blanco gutted the entire place to make it look and feel like Jalisco.
“In Jalisco, if you’re driving around, all you see is agave plants around you,” Morales Blanco said. “So from those agave plants, then you make the tequila.”
The light fixtures look like agave plants. Agave is featured prominently in the paintings hanging on the wall, and the bar is stocked with a wide variety of tequila.
“This one over here, Centenario Anejo, I like it a lot,” Morales Blanco said as he grabbed a bottle. “When I was in Mexico I used to drink this, you know? But what is more important to me right now is, it was my mom’s favorite tequila too.”
His goal is to have Tequila Town be the place where people in the northwest metro go when they want to dine on authentic Mexican cuisine.
It’s the kind of place that would make his mother proud if she were around to see it.
“I know after opening this restaurant, [she would] be happy,” Morales Blanco said.
The Crystal location opened on Nov. 9, and Morales Blanco says they plan to open another Tequila Town in St. Cloud in a few weeks.