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New Antojitos Shiwas Mexican Restaurant and market to hold grand opening on Monday

The new Antojitos Shiwas Restaurant & Mini Market moved into the former Grab and Go Gourmet space. (Courtesy)

CASPER, Wyo. — Antojitos Shiwas, which started life on wheels as a food truck, is putting down permanent roots in the former Grab and Go Gourmet location at 611 W. Collins Drive near NCHS.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Antojitos Shiwas Restaurant & Mini Market is scheduled for 10 a.m. today, according to an email from owner Marisela Moreno, with the grand opening scheduled an hour later.

The restaurant is joined by a mini-market in an adjacent space in the same building. The Wind City Treats bakery also shares its own section of the building. In an earlier interview, Moreno said they’re keeping the restaurant’s modern interior design basically the same while building out a previously unused section of the building for the Mexican market.

Antojitos Shiwas Restaurant & Mini Market (Courtesy)

Moreno, who also owns El Burro Loco on East Yellowstone and the La Tiendita Mexicana store in North Casper, launched the food truck in June. Shortly thereafter she found the former Grab and Go space and found it hard to resist.

“It’s such a great spot, right there next to NCHS and across from the [Thyra Thomson State Office Building],” she said. “There aren’t really any Mexican restaurants in that area, and we just wanted to take advantage of it.”

The food philosophy will remain the same, which distinctively differs from El Burro Loco and is inspired by the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, where the restaurant’s head chef, Patricia Santos, is originally from. Moreno says the added room will allow them to expand the menu and feature more traditional desserts.

Items will also be created to cater to likely morning and afternoon foot traffic from NCHS students. They intend to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and will apply for a liquor license, she said.