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Belvidere's new Mexican eatery ‘about family’

By Betsy Lopez Fritscher

BELVIDERE — Francisco and Carmina Figueroa wanted to re-create a Mexicang12c0000000000000005c4212963a8edb0f9e9b1e97f2e0b5895e5bb90e hacienda when launching their new restaurant, Quinta Carmina. 
The Figueroas recently sold their Elgin-based Carmina’s Restaurant and Banquets to embark on their fourth business venture since 1992. Quinta Carmina, which has been open since March 2010, offers a much slower pace than the banquet center and restaurant.

“This is in her honor,” said Francisco Figueroa, of the restaurant, which he named for his wife of nearly 20 years. “It started out only as four walls, and we built it up.

My goal is to put out quality Mexican food; it has to be 100 percent 


authentic with fair prices, because we understand the economy."

“I was scared to open because the economy is bad, but I know if we didn’t do anything, it can’t get better,” Francisco said. “We need to help the economy turn back. We’re happy here and people are responding.”

“This is about family,” said Carmina Figueroa, “We like to take care of our business and our customers. We wanted to open something nice and small, and we drove a lot looking for the right place.”

The couple are eager to watch Quinta Carmina blossom to g12c0000000000000004e8ade3699864140d6a2d71377a1d6e0d258a6bdaccommodate customers and their families who seek a dining experience that is “a little different from most Mexican restaurants,” Carmina said. The restaurant, which can hold almost 70 people, features hand-blown glasses purchased from artisans in Mexico; ceramic lighting fixtures hand-sculpted and painted by indigenous people in Oaxaca; and rows of booths, a full bar and tabled seating using rich woods and colors.

“It’s like anything else,” Francisco said. “You start with the hardest thing and move forward.”

Quinta Carmina Mexican Restaurant and Cuisine

758 Beloit Road

Belvidere, IL. 61008

  (815) 547 - 4411

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