One of the most beloved Mexican food restaurants in the Mission, La Oaxaqueña, has reopened after an eight-month hiatus.
The owner, Harry Persaud, said he started intermittently closing the restaurant during weekdays in July 2011 after his catering business picked up. It wasn’t until September that he decided to close everyday to focus exclusively on catering, which now makes up 70 percent of his business, he said.
In June 2011, Persaud also ran into some trouble with the health department when inspectors caught wind of critters being served on the menu. They ordered him to stop selling them because they were not FDA approved. Then in September, the health department shut him down after finding a laundry list of violations. The restaurant abated the violations a week later.
SF Weekly named it the “Best New Mexican Hole-in-the-wall” in 2009, the year it opened. They developed a cult following with its grasshoppers tacos and fried tarantula, which are specialties in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Persaud said he caters mostly to tech companies from Santa Clara to San Francisco, including some of the bigger ones like Twitter and Dropbox.
Now that he has “ironed out” the details of his catering business, he is ready to open his storefront daily, he said.
He is experimenting with a new Mayan menu, which he says has some similarities to the cuisine from Oaxaca, Mexico.
La Oaxaqueña is located at 2128 Mission Street, between 17th and 18th streets.