Rico’s Tacos opens restaurant

Chino Salazar, his wife Liliana Ruiz and their son Damian stand in their recently opened Rico’s Tacos restaurant at 510 Seventh Street SE in Pipestone. The family has owned and operated the Rico’s Taco food truck for about eight years. K. Kuphal

After about eight years selling food from their red food truck, the owners of Rico’s Tacos opened a restaurant at 510 Seventh Street SE in Pipestone on Nov. 16.

Chino Salazar and Liliana Ruiz, the owners of Rico’s Tacos, said they’d planned to open a restaurant all along and chose to test out the market with the truck. When that proved to be successful, they proceeded with their plans to open a restaurant.

A coming soon sign donned the front of the building their business now occupies for several months during the process. Ruiz said it took a long time to prepare the space because they had to add a kitchen.

With a new kitchen and a new location, the couple has expanded their food options with nachos, enchiladas and much more. They also have specials on the weekends when they said they tend to be busier.

The family owned and operated restaurant is open 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. They offer dine in and take out options.

As for the food truck, the couple said they weren’t yet sure if they would continue to operate it. They said they might make it available in the summer for events and parties, but not for regular hours.

Salazar and Ruiz live in Ihlen and have four children ages 8 to 19.