¡Olé! Mex-To-U opens for carry outs, drive throughs

Jose "Willy" Calderon and his brother, Ignacio Calderon, are the owners and operators of Perry's newest restaurant, Mex-To-U at 1114 First Ave.

Perry’s newest restaurant, Mex-To-U taqueria, opened Wednesday at 1114 First Ave. in downtown Perry, owned and operated by two old hands at making traditional Mexican food, Jose and Ignacio Calderon.

Mex-To-U at present offers only carry-out and drive-through service, due to the rules of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Public Health Disaster Emergency, declared March 17 in response to the novel coronavirus global pandemic.

Once the pandemic crisis subsides, Mex-To-U will offer sit-down dining and a very full menu.

Jose “Willy” Calderon, owner of the popular El Tren taqueria at 1101 First Ave., announced last November his purchase of the Frio ice cream store at 1114 First Ave. from Maxwell Properties LLC, owner of the Hotel Pattee.

The Calderons started serving food out of the Caboose Park in July 2016, when they opened El Mago, the magician, later changing the name of the caboose restaurant to El Tren, the train. They will occupy both First Avenue locations this spring.

Mex-To-U is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The phone number is 515-726-0691.


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