In a little over a decade the building at 964 Saratoga St has seen four restaurants open and close–some to the delight of neighbors.
For the past decade, with the exception of John Lee’s Chinese Food restaurant that had a short stint at the location, the building has housed some trouble establishments. Fights, loud parties and excessive noise have all contributed to ruining the quality of life for neighbors.
So it was no surprise when Ferdy Argueta and his wife, Altamira Carpio pitched their plans at the Orient Heights Neighborhood Council (OHNC) Monday night to open a restaurant and bar with entertainment, residents were apprehensive.
However, Argueta and Carpio opened their second Mi Pueblito last Thursday to rave reviews. Neighbors who attended the ceremonial ribbon cutting hosted by the East Boston Chamber of Commerce were pleased with how the renovations inside the building looked and how good the food tasted.
“It looks great,” said Joseph Ruggiero, president of the Orient Heights Neighborhood Council (OHNC). “I’ve hear nothing but good things about the family and how they run their first location on Border Street. I wish them all the luck in the world.”
Residents and abutters alike supported the proposal unanimously at an OHNC meeting last year. OHNC members approved Argueta and Carpio’s plan to buy the license of the Las Vegas Restaurant, which failed a year ago, and operate Mi Pueblito Orient Heights. The husband and wife team has owned the restaurant’s flagship location on Border Street for seven years with great success.
The husband and wife team have created a bright and decorative new restaurant that serves up some of the best Latin American fare in the neighborhood. Items like grilled chicken nachos, papusas and freshly made guacamole are sure to be a hit as well as main courses like fajitas, grilled shrimp and chicken jalapeno (our personal favorite).
Mi Pueblito offers a full menu and full bar and is known down the other end of Eastie for their refreshing margaritas, sangria and other tropical drinks.
Mi Pueblito will also utilize the downstairs function hall for private parties provided the parties do not include a DJ playing loud music and the parties are over at 11 p.m. with patrons out by 11:30 p.m.
“They first opened Mi Pueblito on Border Street seven years ago and they run a very tight ship,” said East Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Diane Modica, who also served as the family’s attorney. “They have received great right ups on websites like Yelp and it really is a family orientated restaurant that caters to local people as well as customers from around Boston.”
One thing that put residents and abutters at ease was the couple’s practice of adopting a good neighbor policy and standard at their restaurant on Border Street.
“They have a list of what they expect from their customers,” said Modica. “It is in a frame and hanging next to the entrance to the restaurant. This ha
s really formed the cornerstone of how they operate. To their benefit they have zero license premise violations on Border Street.”
Carpio, who has over 17 years experience running functions at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, will be running the day to day operations at the restaurant.
Mi Pueblito will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with an 11 p.m. closing time.