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El Pelon coming to Brookline

NahantNative Aug 3, 2009 06:20 AM

I must say even though its "another Mexican place", this one seemed to stand out amongst the others:

"El Pelon Taqueria is moving into Washington Square, and owner Jim Hoben said he’s not worried about the high number of Mexican restaurants already in town.

“There’s always a market for good food at a good price,” he says.

The restaurant was operating out of a storefront on Peterborough Road in Fenway that was destroyed in a Jan. 6 fire. Hoben said he hopes to reopen that location after the opening the Brookline location, which will be at 1669 Beacon St."

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    bobot RE: NahantNative Aug 3, 2009 11:44 AM

    This is great news- I always enjoyed El Pelon and I'm glad to see them getting back in business.

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      opinionatedchef RE: bobot Aug 3, 2009 04:15 PM

      thanks much for this info; v. helpful

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      lergnom RE: NahantNative Aug 3, 2009 04:47 PM

      It will be next to Rod Dee outbound past Winthrop.

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        eddb RE: lergnom Sep 27, 2009 06:02 AM

        Actually, it Rod Dee is on the INBOUND side of Beacon just before Winthrop. Very little if any action in the reputed El Pelon storefront next door to Rod Dee to date.

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          Ralphie_in_Boston RE: eddb Sep 27, 2009 08:38 PM

          I'm pretty sure Rod Dee is on the outbound side.

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            Chrispy75 RE: Ralphie_in_Boston Sep 28, 2009 05:18 AM

            The newer Rod Dee in Wash Sq. is on the inbound side. Their older location near Summit Ave. is on the outbound side.

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              Ralphie_in_Boston RE: Chrispy75 Sep 28, 2009 10:10 AM

              Ohhh thanks. I knew they'd expanded; just didn't realize it was so close by. On the same street !

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        garlic breath RE: NahantNative Aug 3, 2009 05:41 PM

        Does anyone know how long Jim Hoben has owned El Pelon?
        Because when I was a frequent customer (at least once a week from '99 to '05), the owner was Nate Walker. Not saying it won't be up to par, but interesting information nonetheless.

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          overproofed RE: garlic breath Aug 6, 2009 10:59 AM

          The Boston Herald article on the fire said that Jim Hoben has owned El Pelon for 11 years. The El Pelon website lists both of them as contacts, so maybe they are co-owners? The quality will probably be pretty similar to what it was before the fire. I liked the food better the first year or so after it opened, when there was a different owner, but that was a long time ago.

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          Nechushtan RE: NahantNative Aug 3, 2009 09:59 PM

          well, considering the competition is mainly Anna's, Boca and Dorado there is no reason to fear the "competition".

          I just wish Taqueria Mexico would re-open in Brookline, it's a hike to get to Waltham from here...

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            LStaff RE: Nechushtan Aug 4, 2009 05:42 AM

            What? Anna's is the BEST there is. Better than all the burritos in CA. Ferran Adrià couldn't make a burrito any better.


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              joebloe RE: LStaff Aug 4, 2009 09:56 AM

              While were talking nonsense, I'd go an extra step and declare Anna's the best in the western hemisphere.


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              lergnom RE: Nechushtan Aug 4, 2009 07:24 AM

              This is a post I don't get. Tacqueria Mexico, which was across Beacon from the first Anna's, totally failed. So "considering the competition" means what exactly? That you don't like them? What does that have to do with how they'll do?

              The best thing El Pelon has going for them is they'll be the only burrito place in Washington Square. The worst is that the foot traffic volume there is much less - particularly up past Winthrop - and I hope their rent reflects that.

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                PaulB RE: lergnom Aug 4, 2009 08:32 AM

                Good point about foot traffic as an issue, particularly on weekdays during lunchtime when the square is dead.

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                  elcarpintero RE: PaulB Aug 6, 2009 06:18 AM

                  Not for nothing, but a burrito should not be a benchmark for the quality of Mexican food. It is more of a Tex-Mex thing.

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                    PaulB RE: elcarpintero Aug 6, 2009 07:08 AM

                    You might familiarize yourself with the "reply to original post" button ;-)

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                  StriperGuy RE: lergnom Sep 3, 2009 03:17 PM

                  And the El Pelon fish taco is totally top notch, on par with Rubio's in San Diego, when they were only one storefront, which popularized it.

              2. C. Hamster RE: NahantNative Sep 3, 2009 10:46 AM

                Are they open yet?

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                  CookieLee RE: C. Hamster Sep 3, 2009 11:03 AM

                  I haven't seen any signs up in any storefronts, so I'm not even sure WHERE they're moving in.

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                    PaulB RE: CookieLee Sep 3, 2009 02:56 PM

                    1669 Beacon Street, as stated in the OP above.

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                      NahantNative RE: PaulB Sep 27, 2009 04:53 PM

                      Looks like it fell through:


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