PARK CITY, Utah — Amid sawing sounds, the owners of Park City’s new Mexican market/butcher shop/taqueria stepped down from the scaffolding, over flooring materials, and excused themselves away from their contractors looking at unrolled blue prints to talk with me about their new business, Leonardo’s.
Born and raised in Mexico, brother and sister Hugo and Nery Leonardo have lived in Park City for 22 years. They realized that when Annaya’s was bulldozed two years ago to make room for Park City’s forthcoming Arts and Culture District, a void was created in the community-at-large.
They’re filling that void for a Mexican market with imported, authentic foods, and household items, including fresh fruits, baked goods and cultural regional favorites.
A full-service butcher shop will occupy roughly one-third of the space in Kimball Jct., a former high-end furniture consignment shop, which they’re taking down to the studs to remodel.
The last third of Leonardo’s will be the dine-in taqueria. Talking about that part made Nery’s eyes light up.m “Tacos are our specialty,” she said.
Pointing to the building permit taped to the front window, Hugo said the grand opening is scheduled for October, “más o menos.” Once open, Leonardo’s will accommodate online orders, phone orders and take-out orders.
A small group of friends and family were on site helping the brother sister duo and when asked if their names could be included in the article, they flatly refused and proudly gestured towards Hugo and Nery exclaiming how those two deserved all the credit for this new business endeavor and that they were merely there to lend their support.
Leonardo’s will be the only Mexican market in the wider rural region beyond Park City’s borders. It’s located at 6300 N. Sagewood Drive.