Mexican restaurant to open in Greencastle

PAT FRIDGEN
After much talk about town signs announcing the coming of el Sombrero to Franklin Street in Greencastle appeared this week. Manager Ramiro Fernandez says the Mexican restaurant may open before the end of the year.

Another restaurant is coming to Greencastle. El Sombrero, featuring Mexican food, may open before the end of the year, but manager Ramiro Fernandez is in no hurry as he and a crew work on painting and remodeling. The business is at 25 W. Franklin St., site of the former Bentley’s Old Mill Bakery and BBQ.

Fernandez, 21, grew up in Mercersburg and graduated from James Buchanan High School. He now lives in Hagerstown and works at a restaurant. He received encouragement from Bentley’s owner, his friend Bob Bentley, when he shared that he wished to get into business for himself.

Fernandez likes the Greencastle area and knew it had no exclusively Mexican restaurant.

“I thought it was a great idea to do one here.”

His wife suggested the name as a joke, but Fernandez liked it and they went with El Sombrero. With support of family, he has lined up many of the staff members. They will serve fajitas, burritos, tacos and enchiladas at moderate prices. The store will be open daily, from about 11a.m. to 10 p.m. It will have sit down eating and take-out.

Feedback from residents who have learned about the venture is positive.

“I’m excited,” said Fernandez.