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Casa Corona serves Salazar-style

What began as a taco house on a vacant lot, providing tacos, tostadas and hamburgers to migrant farm workers, has developed over the years into a unique restaurant, thanks to the relentless resolve of Sal Salazar.

“I started out at Sal’s,” Bobby Salazar said, “and then decided to branch out on my own and begin my own business.” Today, Casa Corona is known around the central Valley, along with its co-restaurant, Bobby Salazar’s, for its traditional Mexican food and friendly service.

“I prefer the Casa over any other Mexican restaurant,” Jessica Persiani, ’03, said, “because they sell the torpedo burrito and I normally share it with a friend, but we still can’t finish it.”

With an array of jerseys, paintings and four televisions in the main eating area displaying non-stop sports, Casa Corona on Herndon and Cedar appeals to all sport fans.

“The location is so close to Fresno State University,” Salazar said, “and I just thought I’d try something new. All the jerseys were donated by Fresno State athletes or pro athletes.”

Salazar said that he is happy to provide students with a special deal-a monster burrito with four items of your own choosing along with an all you can drink beverage-when a student body card is presented.

“Casa is my favorite restaurant,” Colby Hunter, ’03, said. “I go there every Sunday after church and always order the monster Burrito. The chips are great too!”

The location of Casa Corona is conveniently located near FCS and not only provides the students and faculty with a traditional Mexican restaurant, but also provides job opportunities for many students.

Besides it’s convenient location and guest friendly service, Casa Corona also offers affordable dining with prices starting as low as a $2.95 bean burrito.

“The best thing about Casa,” Christopher Schultz, student leadership advisor at FCS, said, “is their student special. I take students out to lunch every two weeks and I choose to go to Casa because of its easy accessibility and it’s affordability.”

In order to maintain his reputation and keep customers interested, Salazar faces many every day obstacles.

“The main obstacle of my business this year has been dealing with the energy crisis,” Salazar said. “Aside from that, some everyday problems are: keeping good staff on and increasing minimum wages.”

However, not all people appreciate the many upsides to Casa Corona.

“Casa provides slow service,” Nick Jones, ’02, said. “I don’t plan on going there anytime in the near future.”

Salazar said that he likes to support those who support him.

“I think every business should be involved in community service,” Salazar said. “I like to spread my wealth, especially to schools. I thank FCS for your patronage, and we will continue to do our best to serve you.”

Out of the 63 menu items available, I chose a two-item combo containing a tostada and a taco, which came with beans and rice plus an all-you-can-drink beverage, at a cost of $6.95.

My partner in business, Eric Witters, ’04, bought a quesadilla with shredded beef, which also came with an all-you-can-drink beverage, at a cost of $5.50. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meal, and plan on giving Casa Corona our business again soon.

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