BAYONNE, NJ- When Israel Romero immigrated to the United States at 16 he began by working as a dishwasher before, just months later, assuming a position as a prep chef. On Tuesday, the now seasoned restaurateur celebrated the official opening of El Aguilar Dorada.

Located at 412-414 Broadway is his second location, made necessary, his daughter Marisol told TAPinto Bayonne, not only by his and his wife’s desire to share even more of the “food they know from where they are from,” but also because of customer demand.

Just blocks from their first location, that will also remain open, the newly renovated space which previously housed the iconic Big Apple Sports Palace and Restaurant, began serving diners two weeks ago, and, if one were to judge by the efficiently served sizzling plates, overflowing drinks, smiling staff, and crackling atmosphere, TAPinto Bayonne witnessed Tuesday, is running on all cylinders.

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“It is always a pleasure to welcome a new business to Bayonne, and in this instance the growth of one as successful already as El Aguila Dorada,” Mayor Jimmy Davis said. “Israel and Irma Romero are contributing to our community by creating jobs and adding to our culture of diversity. I wish them luck.”

El Aguilar Dorada, featuring a full range of authentic Mexican dishes, pizzas, and an extensive bar selection, serves food 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays. The bar is open later every night.


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