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Two more Mexican restaurants

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POSTED October 30, 2017 1:57 a.m.

Manteca is getting two more Mexican restaurants within two blocks of each other.

One will be opening in the former Athens Burger location at 305 West Yosemite in downtown Manteca. The other is Fortuna Taqueria that’s preparing to open across the tracks on West Yosemite Avenue at Jessie Avenue.

For those who are counting, it will bring the number of places you can purchase ready-to-eat Mexican food — from a traditional restaurant, casual dining, taqueria, dessert place, market hot serve counter, or fast food — to 15. Altogether Manteca has at least 25 options if you’re looking to dine on Mexican food or desserts.


Mobile homeless

settle into Kmart

parking lot

The darkened parking lot at the shuttered Kmart on Northgate Drive has become a safe haven of sorts for homeless living in their vehicles. Predawn trips down Northgate Friday and Sunday noted a half dozen vehicles — all jammed with worldly possessions.

The nice thing is no problems have been reported. 

The windows at Kmart are boarded up.  They don’t comply 100 percent with city rules — they’re supposed to be painted to blend in with the exterior building color — but at least they’re boarded up.

For the record, the majority of the homeless try not to attract attention by creating problems.

The number hanging out at the Lincoln Park picnic shelter during the day has jumped in recent weeks without any noticeable issues. The shelter has always been a popular gathering spot for the homeless after the sun goes down — and after  the parks legally close — as they can use BBQ pits to cook dinner. They generally dump their trash in garbage cans before scattering to the four winds to bed down at night.

They have also started popping back up along freeway right-of-ways but in smaller numbers and in a manner that isn’t attracting attention, Instead of building massive encampments, they are using bushes and other vegetation to camouflage themselves making it difficult to notice them unless you really take a look.

They’ve even returned to the 120 Bypass side of the sound wall next to Paseo Villas about a stone’s throw — if that — from the most expensive apartment rental in Manteca, the two bedroom and two bathroom Villa De Marco that  goes for $1,945 a month.


Sizzler’s thanking

vets on Thanksgiving

Sally Myers — who along with husband Gary owns the Sizzler’s restaurant in Manteca — said they plan to be open on Thanksgiving to offer free meals to veterans as a way to thank them for their service.

The Myers own BMW Management that includes 23 Sizzler locations.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email


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