The owner of a chain of Mexican restaurants in Maryland and Pennsylvania intends to open next month in the space that was home to the former Al Pomodoro Ristorante at 1101 Opal Court in Hagerstown.
Ernest Camarena, owner of the La Tolteca restaurant chain, told the Washington County Board of License Commissioners, known as the liquor board, that he wanted to apply for a liquor license during a hearing Wednesday.
La Tolteca will open in about six weeks if everything goes as planned, Camarena said after the hearing.
"Whenever we get the permits, we're going to go for it," he said.
La Tolteca serves everything from tacos to steaks, Camarena said. The chain started 15 years ago in Salisbury, Md., and has spread to Bel Air, Md., and York, Pa.
Camarena estimated the Hagerstown location would employ 10 to 12 people, including servers and kitchen staff. The restaurant will seat about 140 customers.