Cucos Mexican Café in downtown Montgomery reopens after two years of closure

Over the decades, Cucos Mexican Café in downtown Montgomery has withstood the downtown exodus, the recession, and even survived the national chain that named it. Now you can add the pandemic to that list.

Owner Oscar Franco has reopened Cucos at 72 Dexter Ave. after two years of temporary closure. It sits between Irish Bred Pub and Momma Goldberg’s Deli, both of which closed permanently in May. But Franco said public reception to its reopening had been strong.

“We are very happy that once we reopened customers have returned,” he said. ” It’s a good sign. We just want to continue providing the food and service that we always have.

“I’ve been trying to reopen for eight months, but the job market is really tough.”

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It’s been nearly 35 years since Cucos, then a national chain, asked Franco to come here and run their Montgomery location. He fell in love with the town, so when the struggling chain disappeared, Franco bought the local restaurant and kept the name.

In 2008 he opened a store on Pike Road. It was “in the middle of nowhere” at the time, but Franco said business is now booming with the city. “We call it stable,” he said.

Cucos is still hiring, as are many of its downtown neighbors.

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Currently, Cucos hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. But Franco plans to extend the hours and start serving dinner next week. The new hours will be 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Franco said he hopes to add live music in front of the downtown restaurant soon.

“We are happy to be back and we hope people will keep coming to see us,” he said.

You can see more at cucosmexicancafe.com.

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Brad Harper at [email protected]

David H. Henry