On Wednesday, Guatemalan restaurant La Chapincita opened in a new, bigger space — the upstairs at Yesenia’s Ice Cream, 524 E. Market St.
On Jan. 13, the restaurant opened at 215 S. 5th St., but they quickly outgrew the small space.
“The other one is too small,” said Juana Marcos, who’s co-owner with her husband, Johnny U.S. Hernandez.
The hours of operation will also expand at the new restaurant to 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day except Mondays, when it’ll be closed.
La Chapincita is the first business that Marcos and Hernandez opened, using family recipes that she learned from family. “[From] my grandma and my mom, too,” she said in January.
They started off with a small menu with the idea of expanding it, and with the move, now is the time to add more to it. And they will include Mexican food, too.
The new Guatemalan food will include espaguetis con sahchichas, which translates as spaghetti with sausage (Guatemalan style), and frijoles blancos, which will be pork ribs with white beans, he said.
The new Mexican food will include mole con pollo, which is chicken in mole sauce; frijoles charros, which translates as cowboy beans; and tinga de pollo, a spicy, shredded chicken breast dish.
They will keep the old menu items as well, said Marcos.
All food has been handmade, including the tortillas and the bread used in the hot-dogs chapin, which is called shuco in Guatemala.
Guatemalan food differs from Mexican by ingredients, although Guatemalan food can also be served spicy or not spicy, Marcos said. Their tacos use cabbage instead of lettuce, and the tostadas use cabbage, carrots and beets with chicken on top.
The menu also has caldo de res (beef soup) and caldo de pollo (chicken soup).
Moving into Yesenia’s is also a homecoming of sorts for Marcos — she worked there when she first came to Logansport four years ago.