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Alana’s to open Sixto’s: Burlingame restaurant owners to open new Mexican restaurant early fall
August 02, 2013, 05:00 AM By Angela Swartz Daily Journal

Angela Swartz/Daily Journal Alana’s Benjamin Prieto has been the restaurant’s chef for 18 years and will move over to Sixto’s.

Angela Swartz/Daily Journal Sixto’s is set to open on Burlingame Avenue at the former Hola’s location.

The business partners who run Alana’s Cafe in Burlingame have a new business venture slightly down the road, both literally and time wise — a Mexican restaurant called Sixto’s Cantina.

Come early fall, Teresa Lindhartsen and Francesca Tashjian will officially open the restaurant, currently under construction just a few doors down from Alana’s at 1448 Burlingame Ave.

Lindhartsen said the new restaurant sprung from customer demand.

“We serve Mexican food every Wednesday night at Alana’s,” Lindhartsen said. “For the past five or six years customers have been requesting it.”

She said the menu is still in the works, but that they plan on serving authentic Mexican food. The name comes from Alana’s chef, Benjamin Prieto, father’s name: Sixto.

The new cantina will house a 5,000-square-foot space, 4,000 square feet larger than their Burlingame Alana’s location. They will also be hiring a whole new staff, bringing on 50 to 60 people.

“Teresa and I are both excited; we can’t wait to add another restaurant to Burlingame,” Tashjian said.

What will make the new restaurant similar to the Alana’s franchise?

“It will be a community-driven restaurant,” Tashjian said. “We believe in servers and patrons all becoming very close and like family. There’s a great bond we strive to have between staff and clients. It’s an easy, great place for people to pop into frequently just because they feel it’s so much like home.”

Is Lindhartsen concerned about the Burlingame Avenue Streetscape construction affecting Sixto’s business?

“I’m not worried,” Lindhartsen said. “It hasn’t affected Alana’s. You can’t have change without work in the middle.”

Lindhartsen said she believes the end result of the construction will result in a new and improved Burlingame Avenue.

The restaurant will be hacienda style, with a full bar, patio seating and outdoor sidewalk seating. There will also be private dining upstairs for special events and a happy hour.

The two women also own Alana’s Cafe in Redwood City on Main Street in the Dielmann House. They have run the breakfast, lunch and dinner joint Alana’s for 20 years.

Sixto’s website is under construction as well, according to Alana’s General Manager Tim Terry.

Tentative hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, but they plan to be open later on weekends. An official opening date has not been set yet. The location Sixto’s will take over was previously Hola Mexican Restaurant & Cantina until last year.

(650) 344-5200 ext. 105



Tags: alana, restaurant, lindhartsen, burlingame, mexican, sixto,

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