A restaurant opening is always good news, even more so when it shows signs that a local chain is thriving.

Restaurateur Christian Alvarez just opened El Puesto Cocina & Lounge, which joins the flagship El Puesto Cocina on Brundage Lane and El Puesto Cocina y Cantina on California Avenue.

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