A Capac couples is sharing their Mexican heritage with the community through a new restaurant.
Deanna and Rubin Nino opened Nino’s Mexican Carryout at 136 North Main St. in downtown Capac about three weeks ago. The menu features Mexican staples, such as tacos, enchiladas and wet burritos.
Deanna learned to cook Mexican food from Rubin’s mother when they were first married. Rubin’s entire family is Mexican-American. Black-and-white photos of his family are hung throughout the restaurant.
Rubin said Mexican food has always been a part of his heritage. Growing up in Capac, he always found Mexican food on his aunt’s table when he came home from school. Deanna learned to cook food from her husband’s heritage and shared that with their three children, especially at holidays.
Deanna said she has wanted to open a restaurant because she has always loved to cook. The couple had been looking for a place to open a restaurant for a few years when what used to be an old pharmacy in town became available.
“It was an idea and it just fell into place,” she said.
Several people popped into the restaurant Friday afternoon to pick up their lunch orders. Annette Reynolds, a Mussey Township resident, said she appreciates having a new restaurant in town with food she can pick up while on her lunch break from Chrysler.
Capac had traditionally been lacking in restaurant options, so it was nice to have something new, she said.
“I love their food,” she said.
Jake Richey, a former Capac resident who still works in the town, said he has eaten at their restaurant about three times a week. He also appreciated the variety the restaurant will bring to town.
“I love tacos,” he said.
The couple closed on the building in April 2020 and have spent the past two years renovating the building. They have added a kitchen, updated the water system and done other building updates to transform the building into a restaurant.
Currently, the restaurant only serves carryout. Deanna Nino said they hope to renovate the building in the next year to be able to add indoor dining. She also hopes to add family-style dining to the menu soon.
The restaurant is open from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. To order food, learn more or inquire about employment, call (810) 395-1515 or visit facebook.com/ninosmexicancarryout.
Contact Laura Fitzgerald at (810) 941-7072 or [email protected]