By Vickie Lewis
At a time when economic conditions are not often favorable to small businesses, El Sol Restaurant and Catering has successfully thrived for nearly four decades serving delicious authentic Mexican food to West County residents. Family owned and operated since 1982, El Sol Restaurant was originally established in Rodeo, and was a partnership between Reynaldo Sr. and Beatrice Orozco and three of their children—Reynaldo, Jr., Yolanda, and Armando. Years later, the business has opened a second location in the quaint community of Point Richmond and has also established a thriving catering business. Today, Armando Orozco owns El Sol in partnership with his wife, Josephine.
El Sol operated exclusively in Rodeo until June 2010, when the Orozco’s were fortunate to secure a prime Point Richmond storefront to expand their restaurant business. Josephine, who grew up in Point Richmond, had long desired to open a business in the community of her youth. Located on Park Place almost directly across the street from the popular Hotel Mac and next door to the historic Masquer’s Playhouse, the Point Richmond El Sol restaurant is well-situated and centrally located to local residents, as well as employees of nearby businesses such as Chevron, Kaiser hospital and many others.
Josephine and her staff operate the Point Richmond El Sol restaurant, while Armando primarily runs the Rodeo location, assisted by their son, Ramon, who has been the restaurant manager there for the past 15 years. Both locations generally offer the same lunch and dinner menu items, which represent authentic Orozco family recipes. Lunch and dinner are served at both restaurants Mondays through Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Because breakfast is her favorite meal of the day, Josephine decided to add breakfast service at the Point Richmond location. She created a Mexican breakfast menu that includes popular selections such as the Carne Asada Breakfast, Chilaquiles, and Breakfast Burritos, just to name a few. Breakfast is served in Point Richmond Mondays through Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM.
Armando and Josephine personally prepare most of the food at their respective locations, assisted by dependable, long-term cooks. All of El Sol’s food is homemade from scratch using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, including their salsa and their signature red and green mole sauces that are used in many of their menu items. Food is prepared fresh daily, with cooking starting as early as 4:00 AM most days. Armando, Josephin