Los Aztecas starts to renovate old Coaches

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A banner on the front of the coming Los Aztecas restaurant displays how the property is designed to appear upon completion of a remodel. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Owner Lorenzo Dominguez is hopeful construction of his Mexican restaurant site will be finished so Los Aztecas can open in about three months.

By Correne Martin

Two years ago this month, the owners of Los Aztecas Mexican Restaurant, of Dubuque, Iowa, announced they had purchased the former Coaches Restaurant in Prairie du Chien. The time has finally come for them to start renovating the eatery and surrounding property, with the intent to open a restaurant serving authentic Mexican cuisine, according to owner Lorenzo Dominguez. 

Work to strip the interior for a completely new look began the week of July 22, with excavation of a portion of the parking lot happening the next weekend. Last week, regionally-contracted companies continued removing concrete from the parking spaces north of the restaurant, where Dominguez said there will be an addition for a patio and bar. 

“My best guess is three months,” he said, estimating the time it will take before the establishment can open to the public. He repeatedly noted that such a timetable “depends” on the weather and other factors of the building process. 

“We really waited so long to have everything ready,” he said, noting things took so long as he was back in Mexico with family, they opened a restaurant in Galena and they were waiting on materials. He was aware how “excited” the public has been for his establishment to open and start serving.

Dominguez estimated Los Aztecas in Prairie du Chien may employ 15 to 20 staff.

Coaches Restaurant was established in this space at 634 S. Marquette Rd., 49 years ago, by the Dave and Joanie Skemp family. It started as a rootbeer stand in 1970.

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