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The Family Behind Original Joe’s Is Opening a Massive Mexican Restaurant in West Portal

Elena’s opens on Monday, February 5 at 255 West Portal Avenue

The Original Joe’s sign.
The family behind Original Joe’s, the Italian dining destination in North Beach, expands their restaurant empire with a new Mexican restaurant next week.
Emma K. Norris
Lauren Saria is the editor of Eater SF and has been writing about food, drinks, and restaurants for more than a decade.

On Monday, February 5, the family behind classic San Francisco Italian restaurant Original Joe’s will expand their restaurant empire with a new business in the West Portal neighborhood. But unlike the family’s Original Joe’s restaurants in North Beach and Westlake, this newest project won’t serve spaghetti and meatballs and veal parmigiana. Instead, Elena’s draws inspiration from “co-owner Elena Duggan’s two oldest daughters, Catherine and Julia Alcantara, whose father’s family is from San Bartolo Morelos, Mexico,” the Chronicle reports.

The menu will include pozole made with pig’s feet, fajitas, four kinds of enchiladas, tamales, and “sopes with house-made chorizo, among other dishes.” For dessert, expect “churros, tres leches and carlota de limón, a citrusy Mexican icebox cake,” as well as a cafe de olla-flavored cheesecake. (The family acquired long-running San Francisco bakery Zanze’s Cheesecake last year.) There’s a full bar and two machines spinning frozen margaritas, as well. Elena’s will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

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