Food & Drink

Tenoch Mexican Coming (Still) to North End’s Lewis Street

Future Location of Tenoch Mexican North End – Formerly Ball and Buck at 1-3 Lewis Street
Tenoch Food Truck on Greenway

It’s been a while since the neighborhood meetings for the new Tenoch Mexican take-out restaurant at 1-3 Lewis Street by Alvaro Sandoval. We ran into the owner recently at his Greenway food truck. He said his city approvals were coming along and expected to open this Fall.

In the last week, the storefront has been covered with “Coming Soon” signs and a similar notice appears on Tenoch’s Facebook page. Sandoval also operates a Tenoch restaurant in Medford.

Tenoch ( would be the only Mexican restaurant in the North End and the first since the closing of El Triunfo at 69 Prince Street last year. The location was most recently clothing retailer Ball & Buck and previously a coffee shop, Flamepoeira, and years ago, Nick’s Tavern. The small space on Lewis Street is between Fulton and Commercial Streets.

Photos by Matt Conti.

10 Replies to “Tenoch Mexican Coming (Still) to North End’s Lewis Street

  1. I’ve eaten at Tenoch’s location in Medford. Good food, economically priced and friendly invested service. I look forward to being a good neighbor in this residential area and helping to share with them how to be the same.

  2. Any update on when this location will be opening? They took down some of the front window blocking’s and it looks like they are getting closer to opening but haven’t heard any news.

  3. I stopped by Tenoch’s a few days ago when there were a few guys in there working. They said they would be opening sometime next week. Looking forward to checking it out as well.

  4. I was wondering about the date that was given to Basil above so I emailed them yesterday and Alvaro (presumably the owner and/or manager) tells me that they should be opening in a couple of weeks – Yaaaay!

  5. I can’t wait a couple of weeks! I need my enchilada fix! Any idea if they have a permit to serve alcohol? A good marg place would be fantastic.

  6. The answer is that I don’t know about serving alcohol. I watch this website pretty closely and don’t recall it being on the agenda for any of the Neighborhood meetings, so I doubt that they will have a permit. The place looks tiny inside, so I’m envisioning mostly take-out with some limited seating capacity. Kind of like a Mexican Dino’s 🙂

  7. I was also wondering what the hold up is. I’m guessing it’s the permitting process. Locale was “ready to open” about 8 weeks before it actually did.

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