Photo by Sean Roney
Yesy’s Restaurant owners Yesenia Tapia (left) and Victor Torres inside the newly opened King City location on Broadway Circle.
BY SEAN RONEY
FOR KING CITY RUSTLER
KING CITY — The new location for Yesy’s Restaurant opened on King City’s Broadway Circle last Friday. A staff of 15 has been hired and trained, and resurfacing of the parking lot finished Monday.
Now the owners, Yesenia Tapia and Victor Torres, said they’re getting to know the community and have enjoyed meeting everyone after just a few days.
This is the second location for the family-owned business, with their first in Watsonville.
“Give us the opportunity to serve you and we hope to please you,” said Tapia. She said she enjoys the restaurant business, having been a waitress since the age of 14.
“We like the people here,” said Torres, who is training the cooks and getting them ready for the location’s to-be-announced grand opening. He noted his experience in learning restaurant management and skills when they started their Watsonville location five years ago.
The menu at the restaurant features a mixture of traditional American and Mexican dishes.
“Our number one in Watsonville for breakfast is chilaquiles,” said Tapia. “For dinner it would be pastas like chicken fettuccine alfredo, shrimp alfredo and salmon and steaks. Here, you guys have to let us know what you like.”
Being open to customer wants is something Tapia and Torres said is their style, since they aim to please their customers. Even their hours will be adapted to suit the town and the busy times. Torres explained the starting hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. everyday, but can expand or shift as needed, as they sometimes expand summer hours to midnight at their Watsonville location.
There was an emphasis on family business, as Tapia said of their three children, “Our hope is they’ll run the restaurants eventually themselves.” Their son, Alex, is helping at the King City location, and they have a daughter who lives in Gonzales and is managing the Watsonville restaurant.
In addition to dining, the restaurant is available for meetings.
“The people who want to have meetings here are always welcome,” Torres said.
He explained there have already been church groups who came in for meetings, and that they are able to make accommodations for group seating. Other plans for the restaurant include catering, to provide food for special events such as weddings.
Tapia and Torres said they chose King City because they and their family like the small-town atmosphere, the weather and the region. They said they currently live in Prunedale but are planning to move to King City eventually.