Some good restaurant news: An El Cerrito destination for Mexican
mole is bringing its secret spices to Walnut Creek.
Chef-owner Lito Saldana’s Los Moles, which also has locations
in Emeryville and San Raphel, is opening a fourth location inside
the former Tender Greens on Locust Avenue.
The Walnut Creek City Council approved Saldana’s 10-year lease
with two five-year options to occupy the ground floor of the
city-owned South Locust Parking Garage. In response to the
challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city and Los Moles
negotiated a 20 percent rent reduction each month that Los Moles’
gross sales are less than $200,000 for the first two years of the
lease, according to
Saldana, who grew up in Jalisco, Mexico, offers eight different
types of housemade mole that adorn the menu’s tacos, burritos,
meat platters and “enmoladas,” mole-rific enchiladas. His
award-winning moles include a mole verde made with fresh chile
poblano, spinach, cilantro, pumpkin seeds and walnuts, while the
pipian mole is made almost entirely of pumpkin seeds.
Saldana’s menus also feature organic chicken, eggs, coffee,
teas, sugar, milk, agave nectar and handcrafted corn tortillas.
Everything is gluten-free. An email inquiring about the timeline of
opening the restaurant at 1352 Locust Street was not immediately
returned. But check back for updates. Meanwhile, all three Los
Moles locations are currently open for takeout and delivery.
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New mole restaurant, Los Moles, to spice up Walnut