New Mexican Restaurant For Walker’s Point
La Chinampa would relocate from Greenfield to the former site of Boo Boo's.
La Chinampa, a new restaurant slated for the former Boo Boo’s space, 405 S. 2nd St., would begin to remedy that, bringing an additional Mexican option to the area as well as a small fleet of food trucks.
La Chinampa is expected to open in early 2023, according to a license application.
An industry veteran of 20 years, Vega-Aguilar has worked his way up through the ranks of several restaurant kitchens while developing a versatile culinary skill set. He is well-versed in Chinese, Italian, Middle Eastern and Turkish cuisines, but the chef’s specialty, like his heritage, is Mexican.
Focused on lunch and dinner, the planned restaurant would serve a wide variety of Mexican dishes including tacos served Mexican style with onions and cilantro, or American style with lettuce, cheese, tomato and sour cream. Tortas featuring asada, pastor and breaded chicken would also be available, along with flautas, huaraches, quesadillas, tostadas and more.
A selection of burgers features classic, Hawaiian and chorizo renditions, along with an Argentinian-inspired chimichurri and habanero burger.
The farms have also become a major attraction, namely in Mexico City, where tourists are ferried through canals on colorful party boats.
Vega-Aguilar explained that the chinampa’s connection to both food and Mexican culture influenced the title of his restaurant. “The chinampa is traditional, it’s related to Mexican culture,” he said.
La Chinampa would open in a structure attached to and owned by the neighboring business, Caroline’s Jazz Club. Before its departure in September, Boo Boo’s applied for and was issued commercial alterations to replace and repair various elements of the “patio enclosure.” City records do not indicate any plans for new alterations under La Chinampa at this time.
Another restaurant, Hen’s Deli, is expected to open around the corner from La Chinampa, inside the former Soup Bros space. Richard Regner previously owned both Soup Bros and Boo Boo’s.