April 24, 2018 – West Bend, WI – There’s a new restaurant opening in West Bend. Don Ramon Mexican Restaurant will be opening this summer in the former Mother’s Day location, 501 Wildwood Road in West Bend.
“We’ve been in Mayville since 2011 and we’ve been chasing West Bend since then,” said owner Felix Sanchez.
Some of the places he considered included the former Ponderosa building, soon to be Pizza Ranch and the old Pizza Hut restaurant, which closed in February 2016.
Photo courtesy Cragin Spring
“We have a lot of customers right now from West Bend,” said Sanchez. “People come from Slinger and Jackson and we looked at other buildings but some were overpriced.”
Sanchez signed a contract two weeks ago with Sam Fejzuli, owner of Mother’s Day. Fejzuli purchased the former Dairy Queen property in May 2015. The building had been in foreclosure since January 2014.
Two short years later Fejzuli closed his restaurant in October 2017 saying he had trouble getting employees and “keeping everybody happy.”
Don Ramon has a large menu. “We’re authentic Mexican, tacos are our specialty and we marinate and cut our own meat,” said Sanchez.
With a background in the restaurant industry Sanchez started his career when he was 16 years old. “I was in bigger cities like Lexington, Kentucky and Illinois and Minnesota,” he said. “I then opened in a small town in Mayville and we’ve been able to build a family here.”
Now 35 years old, Sanchez employs 13 people and his restaurant has consistently received rave reviews.
Don Ramon is expected to open in West Bend on July 1.