Following a long wait, at least in part due to the coronavirus pandemic, Old El Camino opened its doors in Swanton over the weekend. A ribbon cutting was held Friday outside the restaurant, located at 13625 Airport Hwy.
Owner Jesus Angel said he is proud to expand the family business and “bring our passion for Mexican cuisine into Swanton.” After retiring from his first career at Jeep, Angel started in the restaurant business in Bowling Green in 2001. The Swanton location will be the latest El Camino iteration in the Toledo area.
“When I saw the old Hilltop bar was for sale, I was immediately brought back to my memories of the 1970s and how I would relax after a week of hard work and listen to live dance music,” said Angel. “This building is nostalgic, and I know many of us hold fond memories. We’re transforming this into a new location where new memories can be made.”
After it was the Hilltop, the site was Barron’s restaurant. After that restaurant closed, it was purchased and transformed into Old El Camino.
“This project has been underway for over a year and a half with construction and preparation,” Angel said. “The current pandemic slowed us down, and we’re thankful to family and friends who have helped make this possible. We couldn’t be more excited to open our doors and meet new neighbors and friends here in Swanton. Old El Camino means, ‘The old roadway’ … we stand for time-honored tradition and pour our culture into every bite of food.”
Angel invited the people of Swanton and surrounding areas to sample the new restaurant.
“I hope you will join us, enjoy the beautiful place, the family atmosphere, and the amazing food and margaritas. We’re looking forward to greeting you and providing a memorable experience. Either myself, Lupita Lopez, or my daughter, Tiffany Angel, will be hosting you every day,” he said.