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Soto family fulfills their ‘American dream’

• Mexican-style restaurant opens in Attica

The Soto family owns and operates the Chiloso’s restaurant at 243 Main St., Attica. Photo provided

Chiloso’s, a Mexican-style restaurant, held its grand opening Monday, Aug. 1 in Attica.

Located at 243 Main St., Chiloso’s is a project of the Soto family. It is their very first family-style eatery. 

Francisca Soto co-owns the restaurant alongside her parents, Sergio and Anahí. Francisca is a first-generation college student who is working on earning a doctorate in nursing and now helping her parents as much as she can with the restaurant. Her father is from Juan Aldama, Zacatecas, while her mother is from Vega de Alatorre, Veracruz. 

“They came to the States to give themselves a better life, and then they decided they wanted to chase the American dream, which was to open a restaurant,” Francisca said. “They worked as hard as they could and never stopped, and it is now finally paying off.”

Francisca said the name “Chiloso” has two important meanings to her family.

“The more simple common meaning is that it means ‘spicy’ in English,” she said. “The more deep meaning behind it is that it is a family name. My great grandfather’s nickname was ‘Chilo’ and my younger brother’s middle name is Isidro, after our great-grandfather, and he goes by Chilo, as well.” 

Chiloso’s has been in the works for a couple of years, and Francisca said she is happy that her family’s restaurant will be able to share her mother’s cooking with the rest of the Attica community. Being able to share it is a dream come true, she said. 

The large red building that now houses Chiloso’s was a bit of a fixer-upper. The family had to do some major cleaning and renovations to make the restaurant into what it is now. 

Additionally, the Soto family is able to bring their past experience and put it into their restaurant to truly make it the best it can be. Francisca said her family had previously been making food and selling to farmers around New York. 

Opening a restaurant is no easy feat, and Francisca and her family knew there would be challenges and hiccups. 

“The hardest was all the obstacles that we faced trying to open the restaurant the right way and as soon as possible without knowing any information on how.” 

For Francisca, the easiest part of the process was having support from her family and friends, who as of now, serve as the restaurant’s main employees. 

Some menu items the community may look forward to include Birria, as well as Anahí’s Family Tamales. According to the menu, Birria are “viral Tik Tok tacos” that consist of corn tortillas cooked in consume, stuffed with birria and cheese, topped with onions and cilantro and served with rice and beans on the side. 

What may appeal to customers even more is just how invested the Soto family is in the community. They plan on getting meat and produce from local farms, Francisca said. 

While receiving meat and produce from local farms is key, the family will be shipping some ingredients that they may not be able to get locally. 

If you are vegetarian or vegan, Chiloso’s has items for you, too. While they are still constructing a special menu with vegan and vegetarian options, the family will be making accommodations in the meantime, Francisca said 

Chiloso’s is currently open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. It will be closed on Mondays, and as of now, will accept only cash. 

“Chiloso’s is something that has been in the works for years and it has been something my family and I have dreamed about for a while now,” Francisca said. “We never thought it was going to be possible after so many setbacks over the years, and now that it is finally happening, we are in shock, excited and we just hope everyone that comes through our doors understands that we are one family trying to make our dreams come true.” 

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