The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Business & Technology

October 29, 2013

The Tequila House: Another downtown option

CLINTON — A diverse selection of culinary choices has always been a marketable feature in Clinton, and Miguel Reyes and Jesus Flores are displaying Mexican flavors along South Second Street.

About six months ago, the business partners from Davenport decided on a location for their restaurant, the Tequila House, in downtown Clinton, where the former Jasmine’s Cafe used to stand.

“We’re originally from Davenport, but after we started searching for a spot for the restaurant, we really liked the location in Clinton,” Reyes said.

Since arriving, the two have made major changes to the business, most notably, the fluorescent orange and neon green paint covering the outside of the building.

Reyes said he painted the building because he wanted to stand out from other businesses located in the downtown area, and he likes the way the orange looks.

If the color doesn’t draw customers in, Reyes is hoping the smells emulating from within the authentic Mexican restaurant will.

With family recipes writing the way, the Tequila House offers homemade, Mexican classics such as chimichangas, carnitas and fajitas, all made fresh to order. They also offer rice, beans and combinations with every meal.

Although they do not yet serve alcohol, Reyes hopes to get the appropriate licencing handled in the next few weeks. Once that happens, the Tequila House will offer an assortment of import and domestic beers, specials on margaritas and of course, tequila.

Since opening its doors on Oct. 12, the Tequila House has not received a heavy flow of business, but Reyes has already seen an increase in popularity.

“It’s slow right now, but it’s getting better,” Reyes said. “Some customers already come here twice a week. They like the service and they love the food.”

Once he is able to obtain his liquor license, Reyes plans on heavy advertising to draw an even bigger customer base to make his business a mainstay in downtown Clinton.

“Hopefully everything works out and we can stay here for a very long time,” Reyes said. “We’re really excited to be in Clinton. We like this town; it’s comfortable.”



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