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By Connie Leinbach
After months of rebuilding, popular Mexican eatery Eduardo’s will reopen Saturday at a new location at Irvin Garrish Highway and Lawton Lane.
For now, it will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a limited menu.
In addition to a brand new, custom-made mobile food kitchen, the new area has a small shed for storage and a restroom for employees, a small shed for souvenir sales and an area for picnic tables.
“It’s been a long road,” Karen Rhodes, who runs the business with Eduardo, said at the site on Friday. Rhodes, an artist who sells her whimsical bill fish art online under Trixie’s Fineries, created the fanciful art adorning the new truck and for all the signage and the souvenirs.
Eduardo’s new kitchen is considered a “mobile food stand,” an upgrade from his food truck that had been situated at the edge of the Variety Store parking lot.
The new truck was built from the ground up by Concession Nation in Florida to Eduardo’s specifications, Rhodes said.
Eduardo’s old truck, Eduardo’s Taco Stand, was destroyed in Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 6.
“That experience hurt too much,” Eduardo said about that historic event. “This new beginning to reopen reflects a huge smile in my heart.”
Eduardo posts regularly on his Facebook page.