After a flurry of social media activity with the promising hashtag #bestburritosback, Villa Mexico Cafe is finally ready to open its new doors. It will debut downtown at 121 Water St. this coming Monday, January 11, at 9 a.m., reports Boston Restaurant Talk.
Villa Mexico has existed in a number of incarnations, starting with a Woburn location in 1999. Two years later, a building fire spelled the end of the original Villa Mexico. Next, there was another Woburn location for three years, which chef/owner Julie King had to close due to health issues. But she kept running a catering business and eventually reopened Villa Mexico in an unlikely spot — inside a gas station in Beacon Hill. There, the little cafe accumulated quite a cult following. And then in 2013, the gas station was slated for demolition to allow for a new development, and it was goodbye yet again to Villa Mexico.
She's been catering and selling her signature black salsa in the meantime, but starting on Monday, King and her daughter Bessie King will welcome customers old and new into their downtown space.
Villa Mexico's menu includes burritos (grilled, "the real Mexican way"), tacos, flautas, tamales, and more.