Gabriela’s Carnitas at 3721 W. Fullerton Ave. is set to open 9 a.m. Friday for curbside pickup and delivery only, according to an Instagram post.
“As we move forward in this Bitter/Sweet moment, we want to assure everyone we will continue following all City of Chicago Health Department guidelines to assure everyone’s safety, taking all necessary precautions as we continue this battle together,” the post reads.
“Queeeeeeeee Viva Gabrielas Carnitas est.2020- Familia L’ Patron WE LOVE YOU CHICAGO!!!!!!!!!!”
Gonzalez didn’t immediately return a request for comment Thursday, but told the Tribune in February the restaurant is inspired by his mother, Gabriela, and the carnitas she made when he was growing up.
“Maybe they got adjusted a little bit along the way, but they’re just family recipes that have been passed along through generations,” Gonzalez told the newspaper.
Gonzalez told the Tribune to expect handmade tortillas and carnitas that have been marinated with limes, oranges, garlic and salt and then simmered in pork lard for three to four hours. The carnitas will then be served with pickled vegetables and salsa.
Also on the menu, according to the Tribune, is pollo asado, marinated grilled chicken that’s been marinated, guacamole and chips, as well as flan for dessert.
Gabriela’s is just down the street from L’Patron, which has become a neighborhood staple since opening in 2012.
The unassuming Mexican restaurant, known for its tacos, tortas and burritos, started out at 2815 W. Diversey Ave. and in 2016 moved to its current location at 3749 W. Fullerton Ave.
Gonzalez and his brother Ernesto, the restaurant’s co-owner, initially set out to run two locations but ended up closing the original location due to a rent spike.
L’Patron’s burritos consistently rank among the country’s best.
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