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Mexican restaurant reopens in Oregon City

Don Pepe’s Fresh Mexican Food recently replaced El Compadre Mexican Restaurant at 705 Main St., Oregon City.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Arturo Covarrubias, aka Don Pepe, mans the grill at his family's new Mexican restaurant in downtown Oregon City.Don Pepe’s also promises to feature authentic Mexican food. Don Pepe is the nickname of family papa Arturo Covarrubias, the head chef and owner of the restaurant.

His special $9 combo includes a choice of three items from a list that includes a tamale, enchilada, taco, chile relleno (stuffed pepper), hard-shelled taco or two rolled taquitos. The combo also includes beans, rice, tortillas, salsa and a choice of the soup of the day or a small salad. Tacos ($1.75) and burritos ($6.25) are available with options including carne asada (steak), al pastor (marinated pork) or carnitas (pulled pork). Also available are chicken fajitas ($8), and three-egg breakfasts ($6.95) with coffee, salsa, your choice of meat, bread or tortillas, country potatoes or beans.

Victor Covarrubias, one of the waiters at Don Pepe’s, said his family sacrificed a lot to make this dream of running a restaurant come true. Five Covarrubias family members all moved from Southern California in November exclusively for the opportunity to open in beautiful Oregon City.

“We got the keys to the place in the end of November, fixed it up a bit and within two weeks we were up and running,” he said. “It feels great to hear people being extremely satisfied with the food, service and environment of the place; that in itself makes it all worth it.”

They have big ideas for the future of this 1,700-square-foot restaurant. From the street, the huge back room is not visible, and they’re planning on decorating that room to bring in dinner customers and to create more of a fine-dining feel to the place.

Don Pepe’s is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 503-655-4218 or visit facebook.com/donpepes.



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