Name change in store for Lalo's in Oak Park

Longtime restaurant dropping franchise, will operate as Margaritas

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

Lalo's, a Mexican restaurant that has been serving Oak Park for more than 30 years, announced Friday the restaurant will be separating from the franchise and operating under a new name — Margaritas.

The new name, however, doesn't mean a change in flavor.

"We've had many wonderful years in the Oak Park community with the pleasure of serving multiple generations of customers," Rene Roman, Lalo's of Oak Park's owner said. "My staff and I have developed so many meaningful relationships with our customers over the years, and we look forward to continuing this under our new name, Margaritas."

Roman explained that operating under the franchise limited freedom and creativity in the kitchen, and this change will allow the chef to spice the menu up. Many of the same dishes will still be available, but Roman is looking forward to mixing things up, especially with more seafood dishes.

"Everything will be pretty much the same — only better," Roman said about his restaurant at 804 S. Oak Park Ave. This includes the famous margaritas that will soon fit right in under the new name. The name switch will occur in September.

Technology changes are also in store for Margaritas as Roman will be using social media to keep customers in the loop. A mobile website will also be introduced.

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Taco Lover from Oak Park  

Posted: August 30th, 2012 1:35 AM

It's going to take more than social media and some new items for me to return. In my opinion, this place doesn't need to be a Maya Del Sol. It just needs to be clean, have fresh food, and good service which it doesn't have now. Some how the Harlem one does, and it's packed 7 days a week. It's too bad because I long for something like it in OP.

Just Wondering  

Posted: August 8th, 2012 12:07 PM

When did Lalo's become a franchise?

Still looking  

Posted: August 5th, 2012 10:27 PM

Bring back Pandoras. A great Greek Experience.

Alan Reed from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 4th, 2012 3:03 PM

Great sounds like a family favorite will be going independent and getting even better.

Dale from Oak Park  

Posted: August 4th, 2012 2:17 PM

Always enjoyed Lalo's dining, but, like so many dining places, the noise levels limit the number of times a year we visit.

anne from Oak Park  

Posted: August 4th, 2012 8:38 AM

Good News now maybe I'll go back and try it again. Have never cared for Lalo's food but love a good Margarita!

Grace Whiting from River Forest  

Posted: August 4th, 2012 7:20 AM

Great news about Rene going independent. Looking forward to a new menu mixed with some of the traditional favorites. (love the chicken flautas,don't mess with that dish) This place has the best margaritas. Thanks Lalos and Hello Margaritas!

epic lulz  

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 11:24 PM

So... the real news isn't the name change, but that restaurant is going from franchise to independent? Next time put that in the lede.

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