In 2017, family members told Librado Perez that a Mexican restaurant was for sale in Warrenton.
At the time, Perez was living on Maui with his wife and daughter, Amarissa.
“We lived in Hawaii a very long time,” Amarissa said. “My parents always wanted to open a restaurant but never had the opportunity to.”
Soon after, the family packed up their belongings and left for Oregon.
Now, the family runs El Catrin Mexican Cuisine.
“We’re a family-run restaurant,” Librado said. “We make everyone feel that they’re family too.”
Most El Catrin customers are local, Librado said. Many make the commute from the Long Beach Peninsula and Cannon Beach.
“They’re regulars,” Amarissa said. “They come a long way to eat here, which makes us feel very special.”
Family isn’t the only focus for the restaurant.
“Everything is made with local ingredients,” Librado said. “It’s authentic Mexican food and flavors. Everything is made from scratch.”
The restaurant’s menu is also flexible for customers who have dietary restrictions.
“We can accommodate anyone,” Amarissa said. “We can make your meal how you want it.”
Popular menu items include margaritas, soups and fajitas, Librado said.
“On a rainy day, it’s crazy how many soups we sell and fajitas,” Librado said.
El Catrin is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The restaurant’s location is 19 U.S. Highway 101 in Warrenton.