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El Palenque offers Salvadoran food

February 18, 2008|By JILLIAN E. KESNER

HAGERSTOWN - In November, brothers Jose and Joseph Arias opened El Palenque Cantina Restaurant, which offers Tex-Mex and Salvadoran cuisine.

In place of the former Lauren's Tavern, El Palenque Cantina is down the street from the Broad Axe, which the brothers purchased in March 2006.

The brothers Arias emigrated from El Salvador and have lived in Hagerstown since 2006, when they bought the Broad Axe, which serves American cuisine. Even though they owned that restaurant, the brothers wanted to offer something more, something for people with a taste for touches from their native land.

Prices at El Palenque Cantina on average are between $8 and $13. The menu offers a variety of appetizers, soups and salads, Salvadoran cuisine and American dishes.

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El Palenque employs three; the owners plan to hire additional help as business grows.

Broad Axe manager Maria Devore said that business at El Palenque is picking up as more people become aware of it.

The restaurant offers a full-service bar, catering and carryout and can accommodate private parties. El Palenque Cantina also features a DJ every Saturday night and $2.50 margaritas on Wednesday.

With a friendly atmosphere and a wide variety of Tex-Mex options such as fajitas, chimichangas and enchiladas, El Palenque, at 204 E. Franklin St., is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (bar open till 2 a.m.) Tuesday through Sunday.

The City of Hagerstown will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the restaurant at 5 p.m. Friday in downtown Hagerstown.

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