Oh, and why would he buy that place? He's been in Ames long enough to know its a flood plane. There are other options available. Put it over by the highway, put a sign up, done deal.
Agreed. That's the whole reason OMalley's closed to begin with! Would love to see the old owners re-open O'Malleys somewhere else in town or open a similar restaurant by a different name. It was a cool atmosphere.
I don't want to offend anyone but is it really all that "authentic" if its the guy that owns Cazador running it?
It's more important who is cooking the food as opposed to who owns the place.
Something to think about: Just because a White guy runs an Italian place it doesn't mean it's authentic either. So many Italian places are run by non-Italians in general, but because he's Anglo, no one cares. Add to the fact that a restaurant is going to make a menu that caters to their customers. I don't think any ethnic food place in Ames (regardless of the owner) is 100% authentic, because the vast majority probably would not like it.
Lastly, I think you'd be suprised with the number of Hispanics that are cooking your "American", "Italian", and other kinds of food...
You can learn how to cook a certain way regardless of your ethnicity...
Not speculating about O'Malley's opening somewhere else at all, but I'm just wondering if anyone knows what they're putting at the old Cyclone Truck stop location? It looked like they were doing some kind of renovation when I went to the spring game.
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