Well-known on the Owensboro food truck scene, Taqueria La Bendicion De Dios has opened a brick-and-mortar location in the former Y-Not Pizza building at 2710 KY 144. Edilmar and Susie Villanueva Vazquez own and operate the Mexican restaurant, which specializes in fresh family-inspired recipes.
Susie is an Owensboro native, while Edilmar traces his roots back to Mexico, moving to Owensboro when he was just 14 years old. He began his cooking career in one of Owensboro’s original Mexican establishments, La Fiesta. La Fiesta was once connected to Denny’s on south Frederica Street before re-branding as Real Hacienda.
Susie said they’ve had the food truck for 4 years and intend to keep it active during the warmer months. They simply needed a kitchen and quickly settled on the Y-Not location when it became available.
“We enjoy the food truck a lot, and we’re excited to get out and work more with them,” she said. “Since opening (the restaurant) in November, it’s been pretty slow with the holidays and weather, but things are starting to pick up. We have several regulars from the food truck come in and support us.”
Taqueria La Bendicion De Dios operates from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Some of the more popular items on the menu include the quesabirrias — a cross between a quesadilla and a taco — and the Mexican sweet bread.
The restaurant offers breakfast options all day, ranging from an assortment of sweet or savory options. They also specialize in Licuados, which translates to Mexican-style milkshakes.
The couple performed minor updates on the building, converting the interior into an oasis for fresh and authentic Mexican food.
“We’re here to serve the community, and we’re happy to be a part of the community,” Susie said. “We enjoy cooking, and I hope everyone who enjoys eating will join us for some fresh food.”