New Owner & New Name for Manchester’s Mexican Restaurant

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Manchester’s Mexican restaurant has a new owner and a new name. Las Flores will now be known as Rio Blanco in honor of Manchester’s Whitewater Park.

Laura Villagrana took over the restaurant on January 1st. Her family ran a taco business for years before she became manager of the Las Flores restaurant branch in Oelwein. About a year ago, Villagrana was asked to manage the Manchester branch too, but commuting would have made the job difficult. The opportunity came up again recently when the owners of the Manchester restaurant discussed closing their place. Villagrana decided to buy the restaurant, with plans to eventually relocate to Manchester. She says her family is actively involved in the business.

Villagrana says they’ve received a warm welcome from the Manchester community. They’ve already done some painting inside the restaurant and hope to make more improvements.

The Manchester Chamber Ambassadors recently visited Rio Blanco to welcome Villagrana and her family.

(photo by Janelle Tucker, KMCH)