ELKO — Garibaldis Mexican Restaurant recently opened in Elko, offering the same colorful menu as its parent location in Idaho and employing about 20 people.
Owner Jose “Chuy” Perez opened his first restaurant in Twin Falls in 1994 after working in the food service industry since he moved to the U.S. from Jalisco, Mexico, in 1985.
“And now I started my own business,” he said, reflecting on his beginnings working as a dishwasher and cook in Seattle. “I started from low to up.”
Perez and wife Rocio now own four Garibaldis locations, including full-service menus at restaurants in Twin Falls, Jerome and Elko, along with a reduced selection of offerings at the Magic Valley Mall.
Elko’s Garibaldis opened Feb. 19, serving lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
“We’re so busy!” Perez said.
The manager, Susy Godoy, relocated to Elko from Twin Falls to run the restaurant.
Perez said he opened the Elko venue “because I like Elko. I like Nevada, and I have a lot of friends in Nevada.”
A specialty on the menu is “molcajete,” an entree featuring grilled chicken, steak and shrimp with “nopal,” or cactus, in a spicy sauce.
Drinks available at the full bar include mango margaritas and micheladas.
“Everybody likes Mexican food, especially when it’s good,” Perez said.