Two Salvadoran women are opening a new restaurant today in the former site of Benny’s Carry Out at 5803 Baltimore Ave. in Riverdale Park, just north of Hyattsville’s Arts District.
Las Comadres, which loosely translates to “the godmothers,” will serve Salvadoran specialties like pupusas as well as Tex-Mex favorites like fajitas.
The local restaurant scene reflects Hyattsville’s demographics. About one-third of the city is Hispanic, according to the 2010 Census, with the majority listing a family origin in Central American countries like El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. El Comalito, a Salvadoran restaurant just up the street, is always packed; and Guatemalan chicken chain Pollo Campero added a location in Hyattsville earlier this year.
But Mexican cuisine is still a mainstay of American cuisine, and owners of the new Las Comadres, Sara Iraheta Reyes and Claudia Cubias, say they want Las Comadres to be a family-friendly place where everyone feels welcome. They also have a kids’ menu with hot dogs and chicken tenders and offer free delivery on any order of $15 or more.
The pair completely gutted the former Benny’s, with a new kitchen designed to meet their cooking style. And the interior is new and sports bold, bright colors.
The restaurant will have a soft launch on today starting at 6 p.m., with a grand opening tomorrow, also beginning at 6 p.m., to include prize giveaways and special menu options.