The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

December 14, 2013

Cousin's — Clinton's 'newest' eatery — to open doors

By Amy Kent Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — Clinton’s newest eatery will open its doors Monday, but guests may be surprised with the familiarity of the meals they are being served.

Cousin’s Family Restaurant, formerly Papi’s Restaurant, will hold its grand opening Monday after being closed for a little more than three weeks for an extensive remodeling project, and a change in ownership.

Miguel Cuatlatl and his business partner, and cousin, Saul Xique have taken over the family-style diner, and in doing so, they decided there needed to be a few changes before they opened the doors again.

“We took over Papi’s a few months ago but we decided to bring our own name to it,” Cuatlatl said. “We wanted to start fresh, from the ground up.”

Both cousins have experience in the kitchen, and they plan to use that knowledge to revitalize the business and add a little something new to the renovated restaurant.

Cuatlatl actually worked for Papi’s for a year prior to being offered the business, a venture he denied at first but decided to give it a try after realizing he could bring the popularity back.

“We were just going to give it a try but when we saw how many people we had coming in, that’s when we decided to really go for it,” Cuatlatl said.

The cousins will serve classics like spaghetti, fried chicken, popcorn shrimp and barbecue ribs. To add a little of their own spin to the menu, they also will offer a Mexican buffet on Saturdays and Sundays, and all-you-can-eat tacos on Mondays.

“We are trying to manage both menus — Mexican and American food,” Cuatlatl said. “So far, people have really seemed to like it.”

Another thing people are going to like is the reduction in price and the completely new decor when dining at Cousin’s Family Restaurant.

Xique and Cuatlatl both felt the restaurant needed to be updated before they were going to kick off their new business venture, and both are happy with the results.

The former business featured walls painted in a variety of bright colors, with an assortment of tables and chairs available to diners, but the cousins wanted to simplify the image.

Now, the walls are painted tan and dark brown and all the furniture is new.

“Our job as business owners is to make people feel welcome when they walk in the doors,” Cuatlatl said. “It’s all about the first impression. If the place is nice and clean you feel good; that’s our goal.”

Cousin’s Family Restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.